This week we’re going to address a mish-mash of questions without a theme. Basically we’re all over the map, so strap on your seat belt and join the ride.
Joel has a couple of questions: First, When the Rainbow Boulevard/Highway 95 interchange was replaced circa 2004, Westcliff Drive was destroyed by the gravel and heavy trucks. In some spots (especially eastbound approaching Rainbow), you can’t even see the lane markings. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
The light is fast approaching, but first the city of Las Vegas has to finish an $8.7 million flood control improvement project that covers several locations including Westcliff Drive from Rainbow Boulevard to Lorenzi Street. The city was holding off on repaving because so many construction trucks are using those roads and the work would have gone to waste.
According to city spokeswoman Debby Ackerman, the contractor, Contri Construction, estimates that paving and striping work at the Rainbow-Westcliff location should be done this weekend. It should all be back in good shape this summer, after the project wraps up and the construction trucks are gone and when all of the temporary traffic control devices are removed from the area.
Secondly: I ride a motorcycle and HATE the left left-turn lane from Buffalo Drive northbound to Lake Mead Boulevard westbound. It seems like the asphalt became liquid at one time. The first time I used this lane, I nearly fell off my motorcycle because the deep valley in the lane caused my bike to lean so hard. Are there plans for a fix in the near future?
Joel, you may have prompted the city to do something. Debby Ackerman said the city has tentatively scheduled an overlay project in 2012 for Buffalo between Charleston Boulevard and Lake Mead. It’s tentative because it depends on the cash-strapped city’s ability to fund the work.
“In light of this inquiry, however, we are looking into making some short-term improvements at the northbound turn lanes in the near future, but given traffic and cost considerations, we cannot provide scheduling and work scope parameters at this time,” Ackerman said.
Rutting at Las Vegas intersections is problematic because of the high traffic volumes and the intense summer heat, but the city realizes Buffalo is especially troublesome because of other age-related deterioration problems. Joel, your neighbors should thank you.
Bruce needs help: My grandson attends a small parochial school on West Cheyenne Avenue. The traffic on this section of road is traveling well above the posted speed limit of 45 mph. My question is, how do you get the city to put up a couple of static “caution” signs to perhaps slow folks down.
Bruce, you can probably better describe what you see in this area so that hopefully something can be done to protect your grandson and other students who attend that school. You can call the city’s traffic division at 229-6327 and air your concerns and they’ll go check it out. If you don’t get a response, give me another holler.
Samuel is curious: We see vans along the freeways offering emergency road service to those experiencing car troubles. The vans have signage stating the service is a contracted service through the Nevada Department of Transportation. What is the name of the contracted company who owns it, what is the value of the contract and when was it bid?
Samaritania Inc. operates the Freeway Service Patrol vans under a four-year, $5.7 million contract, the most recent being awarded in 2007, according to NDOT. The program, which offers free assistance to motorists in distress and responds to calls related to debris in roadways, is funded with National Highway System dollars.
Samaritania pays for its 11 employees in the Las Vegas Valley and all of its equipment. This is not a dispatch program, so there is no phone number to reach these freeway-traveling saviors; they simply cruise along the valley’s highways in search of motorists in trouble. However, motorists in need of help can call *NHP (*647) and dispatchers will contact the freeway assistance company.
If you have a question, tip or tirade, call Adrienne Packer at (702) 387-2904, or send an e-mail to roadwarrior@ reviewjournal.com. Include your phone number.• Valley View Boulevard will narrow to one travel lane in each direction, between Alta Drive and Fulton Place, starting Monday and continuing through August. The traffic changes are necessary as part of continuing work on the $11 million Oakey Meadows Regional Storm Drainage System Improvement Project. Construction hours will be on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., but traffic restrictions will be in effect 24 hours a day.
• Decatur Boulevard is suggested as an alternate route for through north-south travel as delays and disruptions can be expected on Valley View. Traffic on Fulton and on Alta near Valley View should not be affected.
• More bad news for cabbies, Strip workers and anyone else who must drive around the resort corridor: A manhole rehabilitation project on Tropicana Avenue at Koval Lane will cause lane restrictions through at least Wednesday. One westbound lane on Tropicana and one southbound lane on Koval Lane will be closed. The left turn lanes on Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane will be reduced to one lane.
• Construction is between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work will not take place on Friday or Saturday nights.
• Northbound and southbound lanes are reduced on Koval Lane between Flamingo Road and Winnick Avenue. Construction hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, westbound lanes on Flamingo are reduced from Las Vegas Boulevard to the Interstate 15 northbound access ramp. Because of the work on Flamingo Road, the Regional Transportation Commission temporarily moved its bus stop on the north side of Flamingo between the Strip and Interstate 15 to 400 feet west of Via Del Nord.
• For the next two months, traffic lane restrictions will be in effect on Durango Drive, between Cheyenne Avenue and Alexander Road, as part of a roadway maintenance and sidewalk improvement project. Temporary traffic lane restrictions will occur in work zones on weekdays and may be in place during weekends.
• Similar work is being done on Alexander Road, between Cimarron Road and U.S. Highway 95. This will cause lane restrictions in work zones for the next two months. Alexander will reopen as work in each section is completed.
• Expect disruptions on Arville Street at Sahara Avenue until June 5 because of cable work. The same type of work also will cause delays on Durango Drive at Sahara until June 4.
• Lane restrictions will be in effect on Alexander Road between Cimarron Road and Tenaya Way because of asphalt work.
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