One of the deadliest stretches of road in the state is receiving a much needed makeover.
A 15-mile stretch of Boulder Highway from Charleston Boulevard to Wagonwheel Drive is being redone to improve safety and mobility, largely aimed at pedestrians.
Since 2006, Boulder Highway has seen 52 pedestrian deaths, according to the Department of Public Safety.
That number accounts for almost 9 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the state over that time, department stats revealed.
Over the past 18 months, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada compiled input from residents, community partners and area businesses about what they’d like to see done to improve Boulder Highway.
Those suggestions turned into a re-imagined road project that the transportation entities are looking for more feedback on ahead of implementing the plan.
Boulder Highway was in a largely rural area when it was built in 1931 as part of the construction of Hoover Dam. Initially the highway served as the area’s only freeway, carrying state Route 5, and later U.S. Highways 93, 95 and 466 near Boulder City, through Henderson and into downtown Las Vegas.
The area has exploded since then, with 20,000 homes, apartments and condominiums and over 970 commercial lots within a half-mile radius of Boulder Highway. The area also sees 10,000 RTC transit riders and 36,000 vehicles traveling on it daily.
The Reimagine Boulder Highway study identifies numerous safety improvements, especially for pedestrians, as well as proposals to improve mobility with more multi-modal options for travelers.
Residents can take the online survey consisting of 14 questions to share their opinions about possible features of the project.
“We are working collaboratively with local residents, business owners and community leaders to identify solutions to make Boulder Highway a safer and more accessible corridor for everyone,” said RTC general manager Tina Quigley.
“From improved pedestrian facilities, bicycle access and transit service to new traffic management and technologies, the plan will literally reimagine Boulder Highway’s transportation future. And all of these improvements could further enhance economic development in the area.”
RTC routes to holiday fun
Not having a personal vehicle shouldn’t deter residents from partaking in holiday fun.
The RTC mapped out the easiest route to get to season-themed events for the family.
From ice skating and parades to light displays and more, RTC buses can get you, your friends and family there.
Here’s a list of holiday events and the RTC bus routes that will get you to them.
SDX: Strip/downtown Las Vegas express
Deuce: The Strip
SX: Sahara Express
CX: Centennial Express
WAX: Westcliff Airport Express
104: Valley View
105: Martin Luther King
106: Rancho Centennial Hills
109: Maryland Parkway
111: Pecos Road/Green Valley Parkway
117: Las Vegas Boulevard south/Silverado Ranch Boulevard
122: Maryland Parkway south/Horizon Ridge Parkway
203: Spring Mountain/Desert Inn/Lamb
210: Lake Mead Boulevard
217: Warm Springs/downtown Henderson
Events and the bus to take:
The Park: SDX, Deuce
Cosmopolitan: SDX, Deuce
City National Arena: SX, 206
Sobe Ice Arena: 106, 210
Green Valley Ranch: 111, 122
Red Rock Resort: 206, SDX
Galleria at Sunset: SDX, Deuce
North Premium Outlet: CX, SDX, WAX, 105, 206, 207
South Premium Outlet: SDX, 117, 217, Deuce (a.m. route)
Boulevard Mall: 109, 203
Meadows Mall: 104, 207
Downtown Summerlin: SX, 206
Town Square: SDX, 104, 117, 212, Deuce (a.m. route)
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village: 102
Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M: 212
Las Vegas Christmas Town at Cowabunga Bay: BHX, 212
Global Winter Wonderland at the Rio: 104/202
Christmas Tree Displays
Bellagio: SDX, Deuce, 202
Linq: Deuce, SDX, 202
The Park: SDX, Deuce, WAX, 201