The AZ Dept. of Transportation (ADOT) is trying to reduce the 2-lane highway section from Phoenix to Las Vegas down to just 30 miles. Right now there are still 40 miles in 2-lane on I-93 from Wickenburg, AZ to I-40.
On May 25, ADOT said it submitted a bid to the Federal government to receive $65 million to convert 10 miles on I-93 to 4 lanes. That money would be combined with other Federal funding and matching funds from the state to allow $200 million for the 10-mile construction.
This will significantly reduce the travel time from Phoenix to Kingman and Phoenix to Las Vegas. 'The sections to be improved are:
- a three-mile stretch of the highway near Cane Springs, (milepost 106 to 108.9)
- four and a half miles near Big Jim Wash, and
- three miles near Vista Royale.
The department said that this construction would provide many benefits:
" Improvements to these three segments will enhance safety and further prepare Arizona and the region for increased population growth, as well as economic and freight activity. US 93 between Wickenburg and Kingman is designated as the Future Interstate 11."
"With the grant, ADOT will improve project delivery through accelerated construction techniques delivering the improvements earlier than traditionally available."
The actual projects map can be seen on this page of the AZ DOT site:
This map above has circled the sections that will receive improvements. It also shows other areas that need to be improved before I-93 can become a completely 4-lane interstate highway.
The bottom line here is that once the whole highway becomes completely 4-lane, the trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas will be much safer, and faster and provide more commerce between the two cities.
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