Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, and officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation, will commemorate the start of work to remove the F Street wall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, on F Street just north of U.S. 95. Officials and residents will be given pieces of the wall and/or pieces from the worksite that have been removed prior to the event to commemorate the occasion. Officials and residents will also have the opportunity to strike a wall panel to signify the official start of the wall coming down.
On Sept. 18, Las Vegas Paving, the project contractor, will begin removing portions of the F Street wall. Work will consist of removing the wall face and digging underneath the new bridge structure to allow the bridge to flex with traffic. This is another important milestone for the project because it signifies the start of work to remove the wall, which will take place over the remaining months of the project. The remaining phases of the project will commence on the following dates:
• November 2013, Phase 3 – Construction of the southbound portion of the F Street Bridge.
• February 2014, Phase 4 – Construction of the southbound I-15- to-I-515 structure, D Street on-ramp over F Street and a storm drain tie-in.
• August 2014, Phase 5 – Replacement of barrier rail between southbound I-15/I-515 lanes.
• August 2014, Phase 7– Construction of F Street under I-15 and a portion of F-D Connector Roadway.
Phase 6, which includes improving pavement, curbs, gutters, traffic signals and sidewalks on F Street, began in June and is expected to be complete by September 2014.
A collaboration between the city of Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Transportation, the F Street Connection Project will reopen F Street in its former location under Interstate 15, thus reestablishing direct access between downtown Las Vegas and the West Las Vegas community. In addition to accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic, the new underpass will include a resurfacing of F Street, new sidewalks, curbs and gutter installations, decorative lighting and attractive landscaping north to Washington Avenue, along with a series of community-approved corridor panels celebrating the rich history of the area known as historic West Las Vegas. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2014.
The community’s history includes the city’s first integrated casino (Moulin Rouge), some of the oldest religious congregations in the Las Vegas valley, a once-thriving entertainment district with black-owned hotels and casinos, and the state’s first neighborhood designed by an African-American architect. To many community members, reopening F Street opens doors to a bright economic future for the West Las Vegas neighborhood.