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October 19, 2018

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ROUTE CHOICES NARROWED FOR NORTH-SOUTH FREEWAY

BY JOHN SEELMEYER | Plans for a new north-south interstate highway that would connect Las Vegas to Interstate 80 are taking shape.

But leaders in central Nevada say the detailed planning shouldn’t stop at I-80. They say the state also needs to look closely at the final leg of the new interstate, the stretch that would link the I-80 corridor with cities in Oregon and Idaho to the north.

In a study released a few days ago, the Nevada Department of Transportation said it will focus its planning on two possible routes from Tonopah to Interstate 80. (The new interstate, dubbed I-11, would follow the existing U.S. 95 route from Las Vegas to Tonopah.)

One of the possible routes for I-11 follows U.S. 95, bypasses Hawthorne, runs along the east side of Walker Lake, then follows U.S. 95 to Fallon and U.S. 50 Alternative to Fernley.

The other initially follows the same path, but heads westward at Schurz to follow U.S. 95 Alternative to Fernley.

Yet another alternative, one that would run directly to Carson City and Reno, got lower marks from planners because it would add almost an hour to the travel time between Las Vegas and I-80.

As planners sorted through five possible routes for the new freeway, they heard from residents that the new freeway could play an important role in the economy of central Nevada.

They want to ensure, for instance, that bypasses around towns such as Hawthorne aren’t so far away that Main Street businesses suffer.

And looking toward the future, Humboldt County Administrator Dave Mendiola says leaders in Winnemucca want the northern stretch of the new freeway to run directly north from Winnemucca, keeping their city at the heart of an important trade route.

Congress hasn’t yet approved funds to start construction of the new freeway. 

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John Seelmeyer is a business writer and editor in Reno. In his 40-year career, he has edited publications in Nevada, Colorado and California and written several thousand published articles about business and finance.

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BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF

The LOOP Announces Grand Opening in November in South Meadows —The LOOP, a 20-acre planned complex located in South Meadows, will hold its Grand Opening starting with its restaurant, Zeppelin this November. Zeppelin will offer distinct dining, a bar and entertainment space for patrons 21 and older. The LOOP plans to open Rounders, the all-ages dining, entertainment and activity center in phases in Winter 2018/2019 and the Sportsdome XL is on track for opening in 2019. 

Ira Gostin Named 2018 Most Influential Nevada Marketing Executive by Acquisition International Magazine — Ira M. Gostin, MBA, APR, vice president of marketing and client engagement at KPS3, was recently named 2018 Most Influential Marketing Executive for Nevada by Acquisition International Magazine (AI).The recognition is for Gostin’s work as the founder and president of 120 West Strategic Communications, a public relations and investor relations firm that was acquired in August 2018 by KPS3.

Pacific States Communications Rebrands to Include New Division —Pacific States Communications has announced today the company will formally launch a new IT Support division. To reflect the expansion of their services, the company has rebranded to PacStates. In addition to the revised name, the rebrand also features a new company logo and updated website.

WETLAB Announces New Certification — Western Environmental Testing Laboratory (WETLAB) has announced today that their testing abilities at their Sparks laboratory have been expanded with the addition of a new certification. This new service allows WETLAB to further assist their clients, specifically those clients in the fields of water.

—Compiled by Darcy Lenardson

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