Senate Democrats

Reid Wins More Than $61 Million for Nevada Transportation Projects

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has set aside more than $60 million in the federal budget for Nevada’s roads, bridges and airports.

The funding is part of the FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill, which was signed into law by the President this week. The money will be used to build new roads and bridges, widen and reconstruct highways, and provide new buses and mass transit systems.

“Nevada is the fastest-growing state in the union, and this funding will help us keep up with our increasing transportation demands,” said Reid. “These projects will help commuters get to work and help tourists come visit our state. They construction work will create jobs and add to Nevada’s economy, and when the projects are done they’ll ease traffic jams, improve safety, and make life easier for all of us.”

Reid previously set aside $27 million for mass transit and airport projects in a Senate version of the bill. Additional funding for road construction was added to the measure during a House/Senate Conference, and Reid earmarked another $34 million of that funding specifically for Nevada projects.

The funding in the FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill is in addition to other money announced earlier this year from the SAFETEA Bill.

SAFETEA is a massive long-term transportation funding measure. SAFETEA money comes from a special trust fund for large-scale and interstate transportation projects, which is handled separately from the annual federal budget. Nevada will get $1.3 billion over five years from SAFETEA, plus an extra $300 million from Reid’s specific earmarks.

A complete list of Nevada transportation projects in the FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill is below.

NEVADA TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR FY 2006 — $61,300,000 TOTAL

STATEWIDE GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Bus facilities and buses – $3 million

NORTHERN NEVADA GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Improvements to I-80/Colfax Narrows – $5 million

Deer Park in Sparks, facility renovations – $2 million

I-580 Freeway extension from Reno to Carson City – $1 million

University of Nevada Reno Small Business Development Center – $500,000

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Wadsworth Community Center – $500,000

City of Sparks, new bus terminals – $500,000

Improvements to I-80 Interchange at Fernley – $450,000

Fourth Street Corridor in Reno, enhancement project – $350,000

Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Regional Distribution Facility – $250,000

SOUTHERN NEVADA GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Craig Road in North Las Vegas, grade separation and overpass – $5 million

SR 160 at Blue Diamond, highway widening – $3.7 million

Light rail system between Henderson and Las Vegas – $3 million

St. Rose Parkway widening and reconstruction – $3 million

Improvements to Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson – $3 million

Improvements to the I-215/I-515 Interchange in Henderson – $1 million

Improvements to I-15/Cactus Interchange – $1 million

City of Las Vegas Post Office – $500,000

RTC of Southern Nevada maintenance facility – $500,000

Boulder Highway Max Bus Rapid Transit System – $450,000

Pahrump/Nye County Fairgrounds project – $300,000

Pahrump Senior Center, bus service – $300,000

Improvements to Clark County Beltway Interchanges – $150,000

NEVADA AIRPORTS

Reno/Tahoe International Airport, property acquisition and second-floor concourse construction – $9 million Reno/Tahoe International Airport, new air traffic control tower – $3 million

McCarran Airport, new air traffic control tower – $3 million

Reno Stead Airport, improvements including runway and taxiway reconstruction and runway lighting – $2.268 million

INTERSTATE PROJECTS

Funding for the states of Nevada and Arizona, for the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge – $7 million

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