Nevada Department of Transportation opens additional lanes on I-15 near Moapa

ST. GEORGE – The Nevada Department of Transportation announced Thursday that one southbound lane and two northbound lanes on Interstate 15, near Moapa, Nevada, are now open. Restrictions on commercial vehicles have been lifted; however, over-dimensional vehicles will be required to obtain permits prior to using this route.

Heavy rains wreak havoc in southeastern Nevada, Clark County, Nevada, Sept. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery, St. George News
Heavy rains wreak havoc in southeastern Nevada, Clark County, Nevada, Sept. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery, St. George News

A severe rainstorm flooded the area near Moapa on Sept. 8, when 5 inches of rain fell within the span of two hours. I-15 was severely eroded by flood waters in the Moapa and Glendale areas. Transportation maintenance crews responded overnight to begin clearing the road to reopen it.

The impacted area of the interstate is traveled by more than 25,000 vehicles, including many commercial vehicles. Crews have been working around the clock to swiftly get I-15 repaired and opened for the traveling public.

Contractor Las Vegas Paving placed nearly 50,000 cubic yards of earthwork to shore up the base and then repave the eroded interstate, opening it to traffic in just four days. Crews opened one lane in each direction last Friday.

Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon said:

Our top priority continues to be the mobility and safety of motorists. The flooding left extensive damage to approximately two miles of I-15, but we’re pleased to say that, less than two weeks after the flood, additional lanes of the interstate are now open. Rebuilding and repaving the interstate so quickly and proficiently is nothing short of amazing, and we thank Las Vegas Paving for their work. We also thank the Nevada Trucking Association and Nevada Department of Public Safety for their coordination and cooperation, and all motorists for their understanding.

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5 Comments

  • Ron McKinney September 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Went through there twice today, they really are working hard to get the road back to normal.

  • Melissa September 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

    AWESOME WORK!!!!

  • R H Lehmuth September 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Las Vegas Paving is the company that has been screwing up I 15, between Apex and Moapa for nearly a year now.
    They started “repairing” a small section just north of Apex and this “job” has lengthened to +/- 20 miles – most of which on highway which had no apparent issues !!! Interestingly, the “washout” occurred just north of Las Vegas Paving’s “rebuild” efforts. Convenient, wasn’t it ????

    • Janet September 23, 2014 at 7:56 am

      RH Lehmuth, are you seriously suggesting a paving company controlld the weather? They caused a flash flood? Hmmm … thats pretty miraculous.

  • R H Lehmuth September 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    NO !! I am saying the mess the paving company made of that stretch of highway could have, and probably did, definitely affect WATER RUN OFF , et al. !!!!
    Pull your hear out of your derriere and CONSIDER the options

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