The city of Las Vegas will start work on the first of a three-phase project that will construct new sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements in older neighborhoods. Work will begin Nov. 12. The goal of the project is to improve the “walkability” and quality of life for residents in the downtown Las Vegas and West Las Vegas project areas, which are primarily Wards 3 and 5.
Many of the properties in these older parts of the city have no sidewalks. Typically, sidewalk improvements are the responsibility of property owners. In this case, the city secured a Community Development Block Grant to be able to meet the needs of the residents who had not completed sidewalk improvements.
Completing continuous sidewalks will make these neighborhoods safer and more accessible for pedestrians, particularly disabled residents (such as those using scooters or wheelchairs), improving access to stores, services and public transportation.
The downtown project area for Phase 1 is bounded by Carson Avenue, Maryland Parkway, Ninth Street and Charleston Boulevard (see map, Area 1A). The West Las Vegas project area for Phase 1 is bounded by Owens Avenue, H Street and I-15 (see map, Area 6B).
New concrete sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps will be constructed, as well as other pedestrian upgrades. Necessary repairs will be made to existing sidewalks.
Work will be scheduled primarily during the day Monday through Friday, although some work may occur on weekends as required. Motorists and residents are cautioned to expect some lane restrictions, gutter reconstruction and pavement patches at some intersections, intermittent on-street parking restrictions and sidewalk pedestrian detours as the project progresses.
The estimated cost for this phase of improvements is $1.8 million, with funds provided by a Community Development Block Grant and the city of Las Vegas. Phase 1 construction is scheduled for completion by March 31, 2013. The construction contractor for Phase 1 is Capriati Construction Corporation. Phase 2 and Phase 3 are currently in design, with Phase 2 expected to begin by summer 2013. The project is being managed by the city of Las Vegas.
Sidewalk Infill Phasing Map