- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada is getting more than $11 million in federal transportation money to help build the Boulder City Bypass.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the infusion of funds on Wednesday, saying the federal money will take the place of state funds in the project.

The bypass aims to send highway traffic around the small town of Boulder City rather than through it. Early estimates put the project price tag at about $600 million.

The new funds came as part of a process called the August redistribution, in which the federal government redistributes money from states that can’t use it all and gives it to other states that have projects ready to go.

The Boulder City Bypass is a key element of the proposed Interstate 11 linking Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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