As more and more new developments continue to pop up around the Las Vegas Strip, Clark County Commissioners are making it their business to keep focusing on pedestrian safety.
An additional 650 steel posts are going in the ground along the Strip between Tropicana and Sahara. The bollards are being placed to prevent cars from driving onto sidewalks.
Tourists don’t even seem to notice the multi-million project.
“Honestly, I thought it was a new landscape idea,” said Suzy Wilson, a tourist from Atlanta, Georgia. “I didn’t realize it was mainly for safety purposes.”
Which is good because there are roughly 850 steel posts known as bollards, that currently line parts of both sides of sidewalks on the Strip.
“They’re attractive. They’re not ugly looking at all,” Wilson said.
Work crews started the installation of an additional 650 posts this week. The project picked up outside of Park MGM.
Tyrone Mossel, visting from Amsterdam: “I think it’s needed.”
Cristen Drummond, Reporter: “Why is that?”
Mossel: “Because of the increase of terrorism. People feel more comfortable with that kind of thing.”
“It makes sense to put them there so no one can drive up on the sidewalk at you,” said Lucas Devaughn, visiting from Florida.
“It does make me feel safer walking the streets,” Wilson said.
This latest portion of the project costs $3.9 million.
“It’s not a whole line,” said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner chairman. “It’s identified specific driveways and blocks. They’re going to put it there, and they’re going to skip some areas and put it in another one.”
Along with some parts of the Strip, temporary concrete barriers will be placed instead of bollards. They will remain there until construction projects like Resorts World are completed.
“It’s a lot more than just drilling a hole and sticking a pipe in it,” Sisolak said. “People have to understand these are connected. You have to build a trench.”
The entire project kicked off in October. The county expects the latest phase to take 60 days.
The final phase is anticipated to start at the beginning of next year.