Life just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? It’s the opposite of chaos, how darn organized we’re becoming at making things work better.
That sounds like sarcasm. It’s not. I swear.
Look around you. Stop and smell the traffic cones. We’re getting those new flashing yellow left turn lights all over town. That’s great. We’re getting new roads, and old ones are being repaved. Bike lanes are popping up, and, hey, school is almost out so we won’t have to deal with kiddies in the road for a few months.
Let’s enjoy it.
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Janet wrote in with something that needs to be fixed:
“In the last few weeks when I am driving home the traffic lights at the intersection of Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road have not been working correctly,” she wrote. “For several sets it does not turn green for traffic going east on Sunset, causing a huge backup for several blocks.”
She said people are doing what people do, which is driving over the median so they can turn around. Come on, people. Don’t do that.
I checked in with Kathleen Richards, a Henderson spokeswoman. Once she heard about the problem, the city sent a crew out to look at the light. Sure enough, Janet was right.
Richards said city officials were working with the Regional Transportation Commission to fix the problem. It should be taken care of soon.
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Rick wrote in with a good one:
“There is a 15 mph school zone (flashing lights) on St. Louis (Avenue) between Mojave Road and Atlantic Avenue,” he wrote, explaining that the school closed in February but the lights were still flashing. “How long will we have to obey flashing lights for an empty school?”
Yeah, what gives?
I rushed this one off to Diana Paul, a city of Las Vegas spokeswoman.
Here’s her response: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention!” she wrote in an email. “Staff will turn off the school flasher on St. Louis, east of Atlantic, for the remainder of this school year.”
They’ll be back on in August, though, when new kids move into that old school.
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Jim (who happens to be a boss at the Review-Journal) wrote me from across the room with a question many dozens of people are sure to be wondering about, but stick with me. It has broader implications.
“What might be the law in terms of blocking the line of sight of drivers at intersections or pulling out of driveways?” he wrote.
There’s a local business really close to the R-J, for example, whose chain-link fence recently acquired some sort of fabric covering, which makes it impossible to see when exiting the R-J’s property without nosing your way into the street.
Elsewhere, there are concrete block walls that do this, and shrubbery, too.
Once, long before my Road Warrior days, I complained to my city councilman about shrubs blocking my view when pulling out of the apartments where I lived. The shrubs were trimmed within a week.
A few months ago, I complained to a candidate for the Clark County Commission that his election signs were blocking the view at an intersection near my house. The sign was moved in a few days.
The point is, progress sometimes requires alerting authorities to the problem.
Which is what I did here. I talked to O.C. White, the city of Las Vegas’ traffic engineer. He said there are indeed city codes that aim to keep views open for safe turns. If there are shrubs or a wall in the way, folks should let the city know.
Sometimes, the obstruction can’t be moved. Take the exit from westbound Summerlin Parkway onto Anasazi Drive, for example. You can’t see anything if you’re trying to make a right onto Anasazi. That’s why the city put up “no turn on red” signs.
People still turn on red, but they aren’t supposed to. So stop doing that, people.
As far as the R-J’s exit goes, White said the city will look into it. I’ll check back soon to see what happens.
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■ On U.S. Highway 95 from Lake Mead Boulevard to Rancho Road, crews will repaint the stripes in the HOV lanes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
■ Interstate 15 between U.S. Highway 95 and Washington Avenue will have lane reductions and traffic shifts today through Friday for work on the F Street underpass.
■ One westbound inside left turn lane of Flamingo Road from Arville Street will be closed through Aug. 30 for sewer work.
■ Sky Pointe Drive from Private Drive to New Leaf Avenue is closed through July 9 for upgrades.
■ Flamingo Road from Wynn Road to Cameron Street will have daytime lane closures weekdays through June 14 for sewer work.
■ Bermuda Road between Warm Springs Road and Wigwam Avenue will have intermittent lane restrictions weekdays through June 14 for a field survey.
■ Wigwam Avenue between Las Vegas Boulevard and Bermuda Road will have intermittent lane restrictions weekdays through June 14 for a field survey.
■ Coke Street, Racel Street, Tenaya Way and Farm Road in northwest Las Vegas will be under construction weekdays through mid-August.
■ Fort Apache Road will be closed at Elkhorn Road through June 13 for road rebuilding.
■ Mello Lane between Bradley Road and Jones Boulevard will be closed through Aug. 13 for bridge work.
■ Decatur Boulevard from Harmon Avenue to just north of Flamingo Road will have daytime lane restrictions through July 31 for sewer rehabilitation.
■ Stewart Avenue between Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street, will have disruptions through June 15 for streetscape improvements.
■ The intersection of Desert Foothills Drive and Alta Drive will be closed through August 2014 for rebuilding.
■ Vegas Drive between Rancho Drive and Jones Boulevard will have lane restrictions through January for street improvements.
■ Valley View Boulevard from U.S. Highway 95 to Desert Inn Road will have delays through June 30 for widening.
■ Bonneville and Clark avenues between Las Vegas Boulevard and Maryland Parkway will have lane restrictions through January for street improvements.
The average price of gasoline Friday in the Las Vegas Valley was $3.45 per gallon; the state average was $3.55; the national average was $3.64. The national average is down 6 cents from a week ago, up 13 cents from a month ago and is the same as it was a year ago.
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