Ward 5 Road Projects
Below is information on several major road projects currently affecting Ward 5 commuters. For additional closures and roadwork, please visit the city’s roadwork Web page.
F STREET REOPENING UPDATE
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) opened bids for the F Street reopening project Feb. 21. The apparent low bidder was Las Vegas Paving Corporation, with a price of $13.6 million. Subject to NDOT’s formal bid evaluation and award, a notice to proceed for construction is expected in late May or June 2013, and the project should be complete in early 2015. NDOT will perform construction management for the project, including the bridge/freeway work and surface streets. The city will perform construction oversight mostly geared toward the surface streets (F Street and D-F Connector) and bridge aesthetics. While some pre-project utility relocations already have been completed on the surface streets, it is expected that the contractor’s efforts for the first year of construction will be targeted to major bridge and freeway construction, with surface street and aesthetic improvements occurring near the end of 2014. Note that some construction staging will occur within D-F Connector right-of-way, mostly during the first half of the construction period.
D STREET ENHANCEMENTS UPDATE
The city of Las Vegas awarded the D Street enhancement project to Tand Inc. Feb. 6. Tand was the low bidder with a price of approximately $2.07 million. The project includes sidewalk widening, landscaping, limited median/monument work (near Washington Avenue only), and pavement rehabilitation on D Street from Washington to Owens Avenue. The project notice to proceed for construction is expected to be issued March 12, 2013. The project should be complete in the fourth quarter of 2013. The contractor will focus his initial efforts towards completing the southern half of the project first. The contractor has indicated that they have secured a staging site on a private parcel north of Adams Avenue, west of D Street. Residents and businesses can expect advance notice of street closures and other possible impacts from the contractor in the very near future. City of Las Vegas will perform construction management.
NEIGHBORHOOD SIDEWALK INFILL PROJECT UPDATE
Phase 1 of the Ward 5 Sidewalk Infill Project that began last November is nearing the finish, with substantial completion expected within the next two weeks. New concrete sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps are being constructed, as well as other pedestrian upgrades. Necessary repairs are being made to existing sidewalks. The West Las Vegas project area for Phase 1 is bounded by Owens Avenue, H Street and I-15. The main goals of the project are to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility by constructing missing segments of sidewalk and new sidewalk ramps. The next phase is planned to begin towards the end of this summer in the area bounded by Owens Avenue, H Street, Washington Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
New Traffic Signal In The Works- Rancho Drive and Paomino Lane
The city of Las Vegas plans has started work on installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Rancho Drive and Palomino Lane. A signal at Rancho and Palomino will help improve the safety of this intersection, which accommodates an average of 40,000 vehicles each day, including traffic associated with area hospitals and Wasden Elementary School. A combination of day and night work will be performed.
New Traffic Signal In The Works- Washington Avenue and Comstock Drive
Work on this new traffic signal started in August and work is expected to continue until mid-to-late January, 2011. This is due to the long lead time that is needed to purchase the traffic signal equipment and traffic controller cabinets. The equipment is scheduled to arrive in November or December.
Traffic lane restrictions can be expected in the area. Washington narrows to one lane for westbound travel at Comstock. Intermittent traffic lane restrictions are also in effect for eastbound travel on Washington.
Between 16,000 and 20,000 vehicles per day travel through the Washington and Comstock intersection. And because nearby Bonanza Village residents have only Comstock as their one way in and out of their neighborhood, it has become increasingly difficult for drivers to exit onto Washington. The new signal will solve that problem and also will provide a pedestrian phase for the residents who walk to and from the nearby bus stops.
Stewart Avenue & Casino Center Boulevard Sewer System Improvement Project
Work on the Stewart Avenue sewer system project began in March and is expected to continue for 12 months. The project includes the removal and replacement of the sewer system and reconstruction of roadway, from the west side of Main to the east side of Fourth Street. It also includes sidewalk widening, landscaping, traffic signal upgrades at Main, the installation of a bus turnout west of Fourth, and streetlights on the north side of Stewart. As traffic delays and disruptions can be expected, Ogden and Bonanza Road are suggested as alternate routes for east-west travel.
Stewart Avenue accommodations for Bike Fest – Sept. 29 – Oct. 3
- Stewart Avenue, between Main Street and Las Vegas Blvd., will be open to one travel lane in each direction at all times.
- There should be no construction taking place at the Third Street – Stewart Avenue intersection or on the short stretch of Third Street that is south of Stewart.
- There will, however, be construction occurring and there could be a combination of continuing day and night work taking place on Stewart Avenue.
New Bike Lane Project In West Las Vegas
Another exciting project is heading to West Las Vegas. New bicycle safety lanes are being added on Vegas Drive/Owens Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Smoke Ranch Road. This new project will help make Las Vegas a more bicycle-friendly city. During the next 30 days, intermittent lane restrictions will be in effect on Vegas Drive/Owens Avenue, between Rancho Drive and Bruce Street, on Washington Avenue, between Rancho and Martin L. King Boulevard, and on Smoke Ranch Road, between Rancho and Rainbow Boulevard, as crews work to install bicycle safety lanes and signage on both sides of these roadways. Traffic lanes may be closed intermittently, while work is underway.
Work will take place during the daytime hours. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Parking may be temporarily impacted at some locations, however, parking will be available on adjacent side streets.
The work to install bicycle safety lanes should be completed in late April. Funding for the $100,000 project is provided by an American Recovery And Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R).
Martin L. King Improvement Project
A major improvement project on Martin L. King Boulevard was recently completed and a community celebration was held to commemorate the occasion. Several thousand members of the community turned out to enjoy not only the festivities, but also the new road, which has truly become the most beautiful Martin L. King Boulevard in the nation.
Drivers through our community will be pleased with the 2.5 miles of roadway that was widened to three northbound and three southbound traffic lanes, extending from Symphony Park Avenue to Carey. The project also included extensive utility relocation and the installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps, storm drainage facilities, landscaped median islands and street lighting. New traffic signals were built at the Martin L. King and Symphony Park intersection. Traffic signals at Bonanza Road, Washington Avenue, Vegas Drive, Lake Mead Boulevard and Carey were upgraded. Funding was provided by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the city of Las Vegas.
This newly improved corridor will only add to the business activity and growth on the Historic West Side. I thank everyone in Ward 5 for their continued support and patience during this project.
ACE Downtown Connector Construction on Casino Center Boulevard
New traffic signals at the intersections of Charleston Boulevard and Third Street, and at Main Street and Imperial Avenue, recently went into service.
The traffic signal installations are part of the ACE rapid transit improvement project. The city of Las Vegas is partnering with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to construct the first ACE rapid transit line, scheduled to debut in the spring of 2010. The project includes improvements along Casino Center Boulevard, between Ogden Avenue and Charleston. The project also includes improvements to Third, south of Charleston continuing to Imperial, and along sections of Main, Las Vegas Boulevard, St. Louis Avenue and Paradise Road to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Dedicated rapid transit lanes are being built in the center of Casino Center and Third Street. These lanes will allow ACE to provide fast transit services that will seamlessly link downtown Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Strip. ACE rapid transit will also feature level-platform boarding, off-board fare collection and sleek, attractive vehicles.
The ACE Downtown Connector project will provide a high-grade rapid transit link between downtown Las Vegas and the southern resort corridor.
For more information, visit the RTC Web site .
The Ward 5 Bike Coalition, which includes partners from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Bike Club, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), the Bikes Belong coalition and Interbike celebrated the completion of a bike lane installation project on J Street, between Washington and Carey Avenue. The International Bikes Belong, Interbike and the RTC donated grants totaling $10,000 to the city of Las Vegas for the installation of new bike lanes on J Street. The goal of the Ward 5 Bicycle Coalition is to make Las Vegas a more bicycle-friendly city and these grants are helping us do that. Bike lanes have also been installed along H Street between Bonanza Road and Carey Avenue.