LAS VEGAS - A viewer says a dip in the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Arroyo Grande Boulevard forces drivers to slam their brakes. She asks if crews can smooth the road.
The intersection dip is called a valley gutter. It's designed to channel storm water and nuisance water down Warm Springs.
Nuisance water is shallow groundwater that bubbles to the surface. It's especially prevalent in this area of Henderson and is often mistaken for water waste or a leaking pipe.
This valley gutter is an old design. Henderson officials no longer use it, because of the issues raised by the viewer. Current designs gradually warp the grade of the intersecting streets to provide a smoother ride.
New valley gutters do not require drivers to decelerate or slam their brakes. As for this one at Warm Springs and Arroyo Grande, it will stay as is until repaving takes place.