Rainbow Boulevard will be closed at Rancho Drive starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, and reopening on Monday, Jan. 9, at 5 a.m., to accommodate storm drain installation across the intersection. Message boards have been posted along the route to alert drivers. Motorists are advised to use Rancho Drive, Torrey Pines Drive or Jones Boulevard as alternate north- and southbound routes during this closure.
Vehicles approaching Rainbow from northbound Rancho will be detoured to Ann Road. Vehicles approaching Rainbow from southbound Rancho will be detoured to Lone Mountain Road. Vehicles approaching Rainbow from Ann Road will be detoured to Torrey Pines. Vehicles exiting from the Santa Fe Hotel & Casino property will be allowed onto Rancho, but will not be able to cross Rancho to Rainbow. Vehicles approaching Rancho from southbound Rainbow will not be allowed to cross the intersection. Through traffic on Rancho Drive will be unaffected. The temporary, round-the-clock closure will move the storm drain installation more quickly through the intersection, shortening the excavation time to just the weekend.
The work is part of a major storm drain project along Lone Mountain Road and Rancho Drive by the city of Las Vegas and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District that began Jan. 31, 2011. The project will result in box culverts being installed under Lone Mountain Road between Rancho Drive and Decatur Boulevard and continue northwest along the east side of Rancho to Rainbow Boulevard. The $9 million project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2012, and motorists can expect delays along the route throughout construction. Construction began at Decatur and is moving west on Lone Mountain to Rancho, and north on Rancho. Work will include laterals on the west side of Rancho that will connect to the east side and also include work across Rainbow. A total of 11,000 linear feet of new storm drains will be constructed, and when completed will assist in keeping flood waters from damaging homes and businesses.
The current contractor is Perini Management Services. Atkins is managing the construction project for the city of Las Vegas. Funding for the project comes from the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.