Nevada, California Governors Plan a Fix for I-15 Congestion

The Las Vegas Journal reports that the project will cost about $12 million

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MESQUITE, NV – OCTOBER 06: A truck drives by a mile marker on northbound Interstate 15 on October 6, 2010 near Mesquite, Nevada. Steve Lee, frontman for the Swiss rock band Gotthard was killed on Tuesday at the spot when a semi-tractor trailer swerved on the rainy highway and hit a parked motorcycle that hit Lee. A group of motorcyclists Lee was traveling with had pulled over to put on rain clothing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The governors of Nevada and California said Sunday that they have a plan to bring some immediate relief to traffic congestion on Interstate 15 at the border of the two states.

In a joint announcement with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the shoulder about five miles south of the border will be made into a third lane during peak hours.

The Las Vegas Journal reports that the project will cost about $12 million.

But Newsom said existing money will be used to complete the project and it will be done by the summer of next year.

Newsom said a more permanent solution to the I-15 traffic woes is still needed, however.

According to the Journal, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has been calling on California and federal officials to step in to develop a fix to the I-15 traffic backups.