On the heels of a summit aimed at furthering construction of Interstate 11, the head of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is traveling to Washington D.C. to push for federal funding for the freeway.

Mary Beth Sewald, president and CEO of the Las Vegas chamber, will meet on Monday and Tuesday with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and representatives from the White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Specifically, Sewald said she wants I-11 to receive a chunk of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 billion infrastructure package, which calls for federal funds being leveraged with state and local dollars, along with private sector partnerships.

Construction is underway for the first 15-mile segment of I-11 from Henderson to Boulder City, set to open by the end of this year. On a larger scale, I-11 is envisioned as a cross-border trade route from the Mexico border to Canada.

To read the full article by Art Marroquin in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, click here.