Early this week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined UBC General President Douglas McCarron at a tour and town hall of the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the town hall meeting, Secretary Buttigieg sat down with Local 1977 Carpenters to answer questions about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Carpenters inquired about the direction of the bill, where funds will be headed towards, and what job creation will look like in the years to follow.
That same day, both Secretary Buttigieg and President Frank Hawk were together to celebrate the launch of the I-15/Tropicana Interchange Construction in the heart of Vegas. This $305 million construction project is receiving funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is set to create over 4,500 Union Carpenter jobs.
One aspect of the project involves replacing the 60-year Tropicana Bridge, which Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says will “create a safer, more reliable access point to the Las Vegas Strip.” He also reported that an estimated 300,000 visitors are on the Strip at any given weekend. “This project, at the gateway of our resorts corridor, opens commerce with a free flow of traffic,” said President Frank Hawk.
Watch the video above or click the link here to see Secretary Buttigieg’s visit with the Carpenters!