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Road Construction Wearing on Drivers' Nerves, Tires

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LAS VEGAS -- Road construction is a fact of life for drivers in southern Nevada.

While construction projects near Decatur Boulevard and Vegas Drive are designed to create improvements for drivers, those who live and work in the area are experiencing costly damage and accidents.

For those who live and work along Decatur from Lake Mead Boulevard to Rancho Drive, orange cones are proving to be a messy hassle.

Residents, business owners and drivers complain of drivers whizzing by at more than 50 mph in some cases.

Another big problem they said is metal grating and speed bumps that are leaving some drivers wanting to leave their cars at home.

For many of the businesses here along Decatur, it's a car, or bust.

Sheryl Cartwright of Scooter Stop, said construction has left customers confused and her shop "off the map."

"You wouldn't think it would be, but it's hard for them to find," she said.

Ricardo Sandoval works at one of the local auto parts suppliers.

"We just sell parts for every car that gets crashed," he said. "They just send it over here."

Ricardo just never thought that soon he'd been the one wrecked just moments from work.

"I busted a U-turn and my tire just popped from the holes that they leave from construction working," he said.

Shop workers said they have seen an uptick in business since orange barrels took their spot alongside busy drivers.

They say to avoid stopping in, check for low tire pressure, routinely check for nails and make sure to avoid driving over grating with tires more than four years old.

According to the City of Las Vegas, construction is expected to be finished by Nov. 30.

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