Residents Celebrate F Street Wall Removal - 8 News NOW

Residents Celebrate F Street Wall Removal

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LAS VEGAS -- People living in a neighborhood are celebrating a victory tonight one they've campaigned to achieve for years. A wall that has left them shut off from Downtown Las Vegas is finally coming down.

The wall that cut F Street off will be coming down and has been at the center of controversy and a legal fight. It's a thrilling moment for folks that live on and near the area with pieces of flying concrete symbolizing the anger and frustration they've felt.

For years, Westside homeowners felt the city and the Nevada Department of Transportation kept them out of the loop. The wall was built to expand Interstate 15 and residents felt they didn't have a voice in the matter.

"It was a real long fight, a lot of people fought for this, did petitions, went before the county commission and fought for this," said resident Linda Bell. "I was really upset because no body realized and by the time we realized it was a done deal, we were blocked off, and couldn't go straight to the county building, any of the government buildings and didn't have access."

There were rumors by F Street residents that the wall was somehow racially motivated in a mostly black section of the Westside. City leaders flatly denied that as the legal fight ended when NDOT agreed to spend millions to tear down the wall opening access back up.

"I believe this project is going to be completed over the summer, because it does take a while to take down things that don't belong there as it went up much quicker than it should have," Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. "This is better than taking down the Berlin wall, let me tell you."

Residents took pieces of the wall with them that are now a symbol of what's ahead.

"This shows that as a group, as a whole, we can fight for something and a change can we righted, without any violence," Bell said.

Work will start tomorrow on the project and it's scheduled to be finished by October of 2014 that will include new sidewalks, curbs, landscaping and lighting.

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