Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only two cities in the nation with populations more than one million people that are not currently linked by an interstate. Once constructed, the first phase of Interstate 11 will relieve congestion, improve safety and enhance travel and commerce between Arizona and Nevada. Construction of the project will create and estimated 4,000 direct and indirect and induced jobs in the region.
The Project accomplishes major feats in (1) constructing a scenic view parking area within the Eldorado Mountains overlooking Lake Mead (2) constructing a railroad bridge that reconnects a railway that was severed between Las Vegas and Boulder City (3) connecting two major bicycling routes between City of Henderson and the River Mountain Loop Trail and (4) constructing wildlife crossing to protect the big horn sheep.
The steel decorative sculptures attached to a 1,200-foot-long retaining wall on the south side of I-11 pay tribute to the workers and equipment used during the construction of Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936. The design was decided upon following numerous public meetings involving nearby residents and stakeholders.