Building Nevada's Future
The I-11 Las Vegas Metropolitan Area PEL was initiated in early 2021, utilizing information and analysis already underway, to identify and evaluate reasonable corridor alternatives considered for I-11 through the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The reasonable corridor alternatives are evaluated during the process for environmental and social impacts, and potential avoidance, minimization, or mitigation measures will be identified. The activities typically included in a tiered National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process would be incorporated, including development of a project purpose and need, identification and evaluation of reasonable corridor alternatives, and analysis of anticipated environmental and social impacts that lead to the recommendation of a preferred corridor to advance.
The result of the PEL process will select an I-11 corridor through the Las Vegas metropolitan area, between the Arizona border on US 93 and the vicinity of Kyle Canyon Road on US 95. The adoption and use of the PEL study in the NEPA process is subject to determination by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The result of the study will produce a joint FHWA and NDOT Decision Document that will state not only their approval of the PEL process, as is required for an appropriate PEL process, but also include the FHWA’s approval of the selected alternative.
Learn more about the I-11 & Intermountain West Corridor Study. To read more about the processes for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a PEL visit the Federal Highway Administration website.
Background and History
The I-11 Corridor is envisioned as a new major north-south multimodal corridor that will provide enhanced transportation mobility and goods movement while creating a foundation for robust economic vitality for the region. The process began in 2012, when the U.S. Congress identified US 93 from Phoenix, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada as a high Priority Corridor as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress Act (MAP-21) and designated it as the future I-11 Corridor.
Purpose and Need
The I-11 Corridor through the Las Vegas metropolitan area has numerous benefits including providing enhanced connectivity and goods movement via a multimodal passage, improving mobility, and supporting economic vitality. The purpose and need of this project will continue to evolve and develop as public participation, stakeholder engagement, and agency partner feedback progresses.
In January 2021, the I-11 Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) formally transitioned to a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study as Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) determined it would achieve the same objectives in a shorter period of time.
Project Area Map
The result of the PEL process will select an I-11 corridor through the Las Vegas metropolitan area, between the Arizona border on US 93 and the vicinity of Kyle Canyon Road on US 95. A thorough review and evaluation of initial corridor alternatives have identi¬fied a western and a central corridor alternative to be advanced for further study. An eastern corridor alternative will no longer be considered for further analysis in the PEL study.