LAS VEGAS - A construction project near Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road is creating headaches for drivers and nearby businesses. The project will improve the Las Vegas Valley Wash.
Construction began last month and will continue for a few more weeks. While it may mean delays and headaches for some, public works officials say the project will improve safety.
Crews are working 16 to 24 hours a day to ensure homes and businesses in the area are protected from major floods. While the improvements will eventually benefit nearby businesses, they are feeling the short-term effects of the construction.
Boost Mobile manager Efrian Garcia says the business' profits come through payments and cell phone purchases. Several customers come to the franchise to make payments in person, which turns into other business for the company.
Once the construction started and detours began, however, Garcia says customers started complaining. Many have taken their business elsewhere, meaning fewer profits for the Boost Mobile franchise.
"We have to do a high volume to see a good pay, you know," Garcia said. "If you just get 300 or 400 dollars worth of payments, it's not very much profit. It barely pays the employees, and we still got the whole rent to cover."
Businesses and drivers will only have to deal with the construction for a few more weeks. The project is slated to last six weeks. Monday marks the beginning of the half-way point.
The city officials and Meadow Valley Contractors have set up a project hotline businesses and people in the area can call to voice concerns or get the latest information on the project.
That number is 880-8442.