Just a little addendum.
Now I get it.
This does not specifically mention the "extension" of CANAMEX, where Nevada sees themselves as part of a major corridor between the other NAFTA countries. You'll note that the southern link of this (Hoover Dam and Boulder City, which I drove through Monday night) is already starting up.
The next part of the plan, as I was clued into yesterday, is four lanes of US 93 all the way from the Hoover Dam bypass to Jackpot, on the Idaho border.
THAT fits. Idaho wants to get into the CANAMEX issue. They obviously want to redirect some traffic that might otherwise travel I-15 to this route. Idaho's governor sees possibly routing some traffic from west of the Rockies through Northern Idaho and potentially linking up to US 93, hence the second bridge near Twin Falls and a truck-ready new route rather than trying to work dodgy terrain on the current Idaho US 93, or US 95, or Idaho 55.
Why? As my source tells me, every other truck passing through Eastern Nevada is Canadian. I don't get why, but there's obviously a commercial benefit to this thinking.
I guess I'm confused Pounder. How does this CANAMEX Highway of 4-laned highway from the Hoover Dam to the Idaho border fit in with a northern route to the Idaho Panhandle?
US 93 really isn't that far west of I-15 in Idaho and doesn't go to Lewiston, Moscow nor Cour d'Alene. US 93 goes by the Craters of the Moon NM and then north into SW Montana up through Hamilton, MT and then onto Missoula where it intersects I-90. I know that US 93 will be 4-lane from Missoula to Kallispell in MT to accommodate Glacier National Park traffic. I think I posted on that earlier as it is an award winning design and community involvement with the Native American Tribes and accommodating animals through frequent critter crossings. But US 93 doesn't go to Lewiston, Moscow and Cour d'Alene nor directly connect Boise to Spokane, two rapidly growing mid-major metro areas.
Btw, I also drove through on US 93 over the Hoover Dam about a month ago and saw what you saw. That is going to be one heck of a bridge over the dam and the vast deep gorge of the Colorado River into Arizona. US 93, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, is to be completed as a 4-lane from the Hoover Dam from the Hoover Dam all the way to Phoenix. Its already almost done from the Hoover Dam to Kingman (I-40). They are currently expanding the highway from Wikieup to Wickenburg, AZ. AZDOT mentioned on their project website that the corridor will eventually be a full fledge interstate freeway from Phoenix to Las Vegas, using this same corridor, due to the rapid growth of these two major US metro areas. The Wikieup to Wickenburg area is filled with Joshua Trees. There's lots of traffic on that road, but the 100+ mile stretch from Kingman to Wickenburg is quite desolate. The Joshua Trees are cool.
This also reminds me of a PBS special that I watched once on U.S. 93. The narrator was a character actor of Native American decent. I've seen him in many TV shows and some movies. Anyway, he did a special about traveling US 93 from Arizona to the Canadian border. One of the spooky moments was when he stood right beside this famous mailbox on the side of the road near Caliente, NV and near NV routes 318 and 375, the Extra Terrestrial Highway. He described that this is a spot that is really close to Area 51 and where many people have witnessed spaceships or have had a paranormal experience. He interviewed these owners of a cafe nearby that explained an experience. He also stopped in a town in Idaho where Earnest Hemingway had a residence at one time. Don't remember the name of the town. He also stopped in Missoula and described it as a town of the clashing of locals and out-of-towners who come there to go to the University of Montana. He described the town as a place where creative writers relocate to.
Anyway, not to blab on. But ya, interesting.