In Boulder City, some hope bypass will keep tourists coming

Boulder City, NV. - Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only two major cities in the country that are not connected by an interstate, that will soon change.

In Boulder City, some business owners hope that the opening of the first stretch of I-11 will keep tourists coming.

"It's just a friendly small town and there aren't many of those left. So, we really love it," said Cindy Ford.

Ford owns the Southwest Diner in Boulder City and referred to her employees as family.

"We've been here for 26 years and we've been through a lot and this is going to be the biggest," Ford said.

Drivers will be able to use part of the new I-11 freeway that will connect Las Vegas and Phoenix on Wednesday. It's a two and half mile stretch of the southbound freeway between U.S. 95 and the Railroad Pass Casino.

"Currently anyone that's traveling to Phoenix and taking this route has to go through downtown Boulder City which can be slower moving. You have traffic lights, lower speed limits, you have pedestrians," said Tony Illia, Spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Now, it will be a straight shot and Illia said drivers will see the changes immediately.

"The drive will be faster and more convenient," Illia said. "People can still go through downtown Boulder City if they like, but they also have the option to keep traveling through."

But what will happen if those drivers don't travel through?

"It's scary when you figure a lot of people are just going to bypass going to the Dam," said Ford. "I'm hoping it's not going to be as bad as I think and we won't have to lay off that many."

Ford hopes her small-town diner will last and is staying positive.

"You can't really be anything else because it's coming," Ford added. "I was hoping it would be pushed off for a few more years but it's here."

Both phases of the project are expected to be completed next year.


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