Car versus pedestrian -- the odds are not in favor of the latter. Soon pedestrians will be able to avoid cars on Lake Mead B oulevard and Cheyenne A venue altogether, as the city of Las Vegas is in the middle of constructing two bridges in the Summerlin area to extend its trail system and keep people safe.
"The bridges make crossing the wide, busy streets of Cheyenne Avenue and Lake Mead Boulevard more convenient and safer for both pedestrians and motorists," said Stavros Anthony, city councilman for Ward 4.
The system sees people walking, jogging, bike riding and pushing strollers.
Shannon, who declined to give her last name, uses the trail system every day to walk her dog, Jack, a French bulldog. She said she would not be likely to use the new bridges.
"I don't like walking where there's so much traffic. It's too congested," she said.
She added that she loved the trail system in Summerlin and she walks "tons of them."
Sherry McVoy walks her dogs, Raider and Hazel, on Summerlin trails six days a week. She said she varies the route and that this "let s you go even farther."
Kelly Johnson frequents the trails as a way to lose weight. She said she was looking forward to the opening of the Lake Mead bridge, which is closer to her home, as she enjoys the trails. She said that when it turns hot, she walks early in the morning or in the evening when the sun goes down.
"It can be entertaining, especially when you're walking by the tennis and soccer fields," Johnson said.
Even people who aren't area residents use the trails. Irving Nogoy lives in Henderson, but his children attend The Meadows School, 8601 Scholar Lane. He drops them off and uses the opportunity to walk the trails. He said he'd seen the construction on Lake Mead B oulevard before the bridge frame was erected.
"I thought it was something like for sewage," he said.
The Angel Park Trail begins at Bruce Trent Park, 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., on the Vegas Drive side. It travels south, runs adjacent to Durango Drive and turns west at Westcliff Drive to skirt around the city's Angel Park at Westcliff and Durango drives. It terminates at Alta Drive.
The city of Las Vegas has a map of all its trails at lasvegasnevada.gov/files/rectrailselmnt.pdf.
The Lake Mead Boulevard bridge work saw overnight closures on weekends in February. Part of this project includes construction of a 12-foot-wide concrete trail segment within the west side of the Buffalo flood control channel, between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. This segment will complete the Lone Mountain Trail from Washington Avenue to Alexander Road.
In keeping with the look of other trail sections, these segments will be enhanced with lighting and a 5 -foot-tall decorative wrought iron fence, where the trails run adjacent to the channel.
Additionally, approximately 600 feet of a 6 -foot-wide concrete trail section will be constructed north of Cheyenne Avenue. Lighting and fencing also will be included in this segment.
The bridges are part of a $4.7 million trail improvement project. A pedestrian bridge also is being constructed across Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Cultural Corridor between the Lied Discovery Children's Museum/Las Vegas Library and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
Funding is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, which allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects.
The contractor is Martin-Harris Construction. Parsons is providing construction management services. The city's Public Works Department is managing the project.
Construction is expected to be finished in June .
Contact Summerlin and Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 387-2949.