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Flood Control Work to Begin This Week

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LAS VEGAS - Construction begins this week on a massive flood control project in the northwest part of the valley. While workers dig through roads to make room for a drainage system, city officials ask residents to remain patient.

Crews will limit Grand Teton Drive from Durango Road to Rainbow Boulevard to one traffic lane for the next 15 months. Drivers can use Farm Road as an alternative route.

Workers will begin construction Tuesday morning. They will install drain infrastructure.

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross says the work could inconvenience thousands of residents, but it's necessary to protect homes and families from future flooding.

"Be patient. Be understanding, and certainly slow down in these construction zones," he said. "We don't want anybody hurt. Behind every orange cone, there's a job. We certainly want these construction workers to be safe as they're putting this facility in place."

The work beginning this week is part one of the flood control project. Part two is scheduled to begin Saint Patrick's Day. Workers will perform similar work, but on Grand Teton from Hualapai Way to Tee Pee Lane. That project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Once each phase is finished, crews will begin road repair work. The city is partnering with the Regional Transportation Commission to fix the roads. They will use money from a new gas tax that took effect January 1.

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