Readers who contact me overwhelmingly throw their support behind the magnetic levitation train to Anaheim, Calif., calling the DesertXpress system “the train to nowhere.” But Dennis has a couple other “nowhere” projects.
Here’s his beef: We all know the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, but how about the “crosswalk to nowhere” in Las Vegas? I am referring to the new “Z” crosswalk being installed on Alta Drive just west of the Suncoast Casino. There is a sidewalk on the south side of the street, but no sidewalk on the north side, just a fence along the golf course. Is this foolish spending of our city tax monies?
The crosswalk might be going to nowhere right now, Dennis, but it has plans. Big plans. This crosswalk will eventually lead to the city’s new Angel Park trail on the north side of
Rampart Boulevard. Because the trail is still under construction, the area on the north side has been fenced off. Those panels will be removed in the next month, allowing access by pedestrians, bicyclists and other users of non-motorized vehicles. The new trail is three miles that stretches from Bruce Trent Park all the way to Alta Drive.
This is a $4.9 million project funded by the Bureau of Land Management.
This from Ken: I, and others who live in the neighborhood, are curious about whatever is being built at the intersection of Durango and Westcliff drives. The perfectly good parking lot which previously occupied this site has been torn out, the grade level lowered and several footings for lights or something installed. What’s going on there?
This project is the Regional Transportation Commission’s new park-and-ride facility, which will offer express trips downtown on the new ACE system. This building will be similar in design to the newly opened Centennial Hills park and ride. The station just west of Durango is expected to open in the fall.
Donn has presented a mystery: I encountered a “technical difficulties, please try again” message when I attempted to obtain and print out a duplicate vehicle registration online this morning. I called the DMV Customer Service Las Vegas office (waiting time on hold approximately 15 minutes) and the rep told me, “We’ve had a problem for about a week and a half, and we don’t know when it will be fixed.”
So, I’m wondering if the delay in fixing the problem is due to the budget cutbacks?
Here’s the mysterious part. The higher-ups at the DMV had no clue what I was talking about when I raised your concerns, Donn. They are unaware of any systemic problem that would prevent customers from registering their vehicle or printing documents online. Regardless, I thought I’d toss in this question because the DMV types emphasized the importance of enabling your “cookies” and Java Script when using these online services. “If you don’t it’s just not going to work,” said spokesman Kevin Malone. “It will just say we’re having technical problems. It’s a combination of customer error and vaguely worded error messages on our part, but it’s not systemic.”
Richard feels trapped living on Valley View just south of the 215 Beltway: Warm Springs is a major street that we travel. For at least the last six months Warm Springs has been “under construction” at Decatur. Can you tell me what is going on there and when will it be finished?
In an effort to create an additional east-west thoroughfare in the southwest quadrant of the valley, Clark County planners are running Warm Springs Road under Decatur Boulevard. The construction you’ve witnessed the last several months is the underpass below the railroad. Warm Springs is supposed to open by the end of the summer, according to county types.
If you have a question, tip or tirade, call Adrienne Packer at (702) 387-2904, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your phone number.• Heads up: Las Vegas Boulevard between Clark and Bridger avenues will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday while a rally in support of immigration reform takes place.
• Through May 17, expect lane closures on northbound Durango Drive between White River Drive and Twain Avenue while crews work on a sewer rehabilitation project between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. One right lane on eastbound Twain from Penedos Drive to Durango will be closed; one right lane on westbound Twain from Desert Breeze Park to just west of Durango will also be temporarily closed.
• Overnight construction continues in the westbound lanes of Flamingo Road from Interstate 15 east to Koval Lane. Crews also are working in both northbound and southbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard at the intersections of Flamingo and on Koval. During construction hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., lanes will be reduced. Construction also might cause lane restrictions intermittently during daytime hours on Koval.
• Oakey Boulevard is restricted to one lane in each direction between Arville Drive and Decatur Boulevard during repaving.
• The Clark County Water Reclamation District is performing sewer rehabilitation work through the month on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Riviera Boulevard up to Sahara Avenue. One northbound lane on Las Vegas Boulevard and one right-turn lane on Sahara will be closed from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day.
• Sewer rehabilitation work will be done on West Twain Avenue from South Decatur Boulevard to South Valley View Boulevard through April. On this stretch of Twain, expect one center lane and one westbound lane to be closed. Crews will be working around the clock.
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