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Building Nevada's Future

THE I-11 TIER 1 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS) IS NOW A PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL LINKAGES (PEL) STUDY

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have determined that a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is the most appropriate approach moving forward to accomplish the goal of selecting a corridor for Interstate 11 (I-11) through the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The I-11 Las Vegas Metropolitan Area PEL study will be performed to evaluate and select a corridor for I-11 in lieu of the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) previously proposed.

As the impact of COVID-19 heightens, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will make Project and plan adjustments as necessary in the best interest of stakeholders and the overall community.


Current Status


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. NDOT, in cooperation with the FHWA, is advancing the development of the I-11 Las Vegas Metropolitan Area PEL study.


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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.


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Project Schedule

The I-11 Tier 1 EIS originated in 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2022 with the issuance of a Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Currently, preparation is underway with technical staff from the various jurisdictions and agency partners involved to review the potential alternatives.


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Project Area Map

The Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate potential corridors through the Las Vegas metropolitan area with the intent to obtain a Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which will select a single corridor along which to build future I-11 projects.


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