The new interchange will connect Starr Avenue from Dean Martin Drive to Las Vegas Boulevard. Right now there aren't a lot of east/west options in the area, and drivers have to use Cactus Avenue or St. Rose Parkway.
Other improvements include adding sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle lanes, lighting and traffic signals. There will also be drought-tolerant landscaping and drainage upgrades.
By the time the project is finished, Starr Avenue will be six lanes with landscaped medians and bike lanes.
NDOT hopes the project will reduce congestion in the area as the valley continues to develop.