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Proposed interstate would link Phoenix to Las Vegas

GasBuddy Blog -- A plan to link Phoenix to Las Vegas with an interstate highway is being considered right now by transportation leaders in both Nevada and Arizona.

The Interstate 11 proposal is undergoing a two year, $2.5 million study to examine proposed routes, the feasibility of the project and the potential benefits, according to CBS5 out of Phoenix.

The interstate could be constructed by adding lanes and safety features to current roadways, but a firm route has not been identified. It is unlikely that decision would come any time soon.

Because of the lack of funding, no options are being ruled out, including establishing the new link between Phoenix and Las Vegas as a toll road. Tourism leaders in Las Vegas tell CBS 5 that...


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Submitted Oct 26, 2012 By: PD
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 5:13:05 AM

lol HI-Guy. You're so right. Haven't apparently driven Houston to El Paso either. It's another terribly boring drive (except, that is already an interstate).
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 8:52:55 AM

DrCashFlow, obviously you've never been out here and had need to travel between these two Southwestern cities. If you had to drive the present route, you'd be singing a different tune.
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 7:37:37 AM

potential benefits ... none.
bston
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:03:38 AM

Would it be a toll road?
astork
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:21:14 PM

This is long overdue.
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 11:21:51 AM

If they make it a toll road - it had better be a one way toll going to Vegas - everybody knows everything stays in Vegas
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:42:29 AM

As usual, Arizona is 45-50 years behind....(grin)
Wizrd03
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 7:26:35 AM

Yesterday's news
blupupher
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 6:59:52 AM

You don't need $2.5 million, it is needed, it would be used and it should go on the route everybody already takes (Hwy 93).
RUNNINONEMPTYFL
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 6:34:46 AM

With a long line of high priced gas stations (with a couple of charging stations?)
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:39:19 AM

$2.5 million just to study, sounds expensive
vamike
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:31:20 AM

Repeat
DblChek
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:31:15 AM

CBS
jppezz
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:30:53 AM

Old news
rippinusoff
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:30:16 AM

saw this
Lengas
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:28:39 AM

Good luck.
bikechuck
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:27:42 AM

If Las Vegas wants the traffic, let the casinos pay for the interstate.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:26:21 AM

Old news
Ltdc
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:25:12 AM

Seems good for both areas.
Zuman
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:25:08 AM

Greatfor illegals. Another waste of OUR money.
nb52
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:22:43 AM

Wow, these government's can spend money.
BoerneWatch
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:22:28 AM

I wonder who sells the toll road thing?

If it is private money that is investing in it, I understand.

Public tax payer money is a different thing.
chillyman3
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:22:05 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:21:36 AM

old
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:21:36 AM

Don't plan on going in that area any time in the near future.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:21:09 AM

ok
turbodog
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:20:29 AM

Toll road?
millerin
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:19:07 AM

hmm...
greshams
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:17:15 AM

where is all this tax money going to, Ohio roads are terrible.
alphanyr
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:15:48 AM

yoll road
MyRedSky
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:14:49 AM

toll road makes sense.
FrankTA2
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:13:44 AM

Make it a toll road and the tolls can pay for it.
Petrock
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:11:33 AM

I'd rather see our tax dollars used to repair the roads we already have.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:11:04 AM

Let them pay for it!
priznsara
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:08:12 AM

Vegas lotto is not a bad idea!!
priznsara
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:06:40 AM

Vegas lo tto is not a bad idea!!
MarAzul
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:04:10 AM

Ok.
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:58:59 AM

pins and needles...
no_monkey2002
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:58:12 AM

build it now...or the price will double
Piper0072
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:55:44 AM

Wasting more taxpayer dollars.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:51:47 AM

Start a new Vegas Lotto to pay for this
Titan_62
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:51:44 AM

k
neptune2008
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:49:05 AM

way aver cost!! so far
FocusST2
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:48:20 AM

2.5 mil spent to find out if a new road is needed. Now that's progress.
NedW
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:40:52 AM

As one who lives east of the Mississippi I can only 'imagine' the newsworthiness of this article.
bassakwards007
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:37:45 AM

We shall see
jci25946
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:37:32 AM

Makes as much sense as many other projects!
momster1
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:32:33 AM

The entertainment industries should pay for this. That is who will benefit.
BEngr
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:31:28 AM

The interstate highway system was built along routes to move the military. I wonder what value is the link between Phoenix to Las Vegas? If there was any military value it would have been built by now. They can build a tollroad using bonds that way the tax payer is not on the hook for more money.
arb0526
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:28:45 AM

Privatize and things get moving but if it's privately built funded by tolls can a speed limit be enforced by government officials?

Is it considered a private road then?
DesertP90X
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:28:19 AM

This proposed Hwy is of no benefit to Arizona.
It only Benefits Nevada.
Arizona should investigate the needs of their citizens and develop projects in Arizona that would provide those needs so that the people would not want to drive to Vegas.
Simple economics, 56% of the 9% of the 39 Million visitors that travel Las Vegas via Arizona by driving = 1,965,600 or round off to "2 million people".
First let's just look at the potential retail sales that are taken out of Arizona to Las Vegas in the form of Hotels, food, Entertainer and Misc.
Conservative assumption would estimate at least $100 per person.
That is a very low estimate of $200 Million of year that could and should stay in the Arizona economy.
Then as far as Fuel related issues ...

Distance form Phoenix to Las Vegas = 600 miles round trip.

2 million people = 1,200,000.000 miles (yeah Trillion)
But lets assume that the average vehicle has 2 occupants.
so we'll cut total mileage in half to 600 Million miles per trip.

If the average car gets 20 mpg
That is 30 gallons per trip.

That equals 30 million gallons of gasoline.

And if Gasoline is $4 a gallon
$120,000,000 would be spent on fuel.

Now let's look at the overall picture.
If Arizona developed it's own Gambling Entertainment Mecca

The $200 Million in retail sales could be kept in Arizona
And the $120 Million in fuel costs could be spent locally.
And the savings of not wasting 30 Million gallons of gasoline.

and let's not forget the influx of Tourists that would be attracted to the New Entertainment and Gambling Mecca.
This could be worth $1 BILLION or more a year.

That's some very good reasons for Arizona to create a
Plan to get Big Developers involved for Multi Billion Development.

Oh but wait ... this is too logical and Politicians aren't logical.
So let's spend Billions of dollars on an interstate to keep sending Arizona money to Vegas.
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