The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning to improve Nellis Boulevard, between Tropicana Avenue and Craig Road.
The changes will include smoother streets and more crosswalks.
“Revamping that entire 10-mile corridor,” said Tony Illia, spokesman, NDOT.
One of the major improvements is repaving the road’s cracked surface. The goal is to go from broken and bumpy, to safe and smooth.
The project also includes upgrading traffic lights, installing LED street lights and fixing driveways and sidewalks.
“I think it’s just going to be much more user friendly,” Illia said.
He says the changes will increase mobility and safety. That’s because when Nellis Boulevard was first paved, there wasn’t as much activity in the area.
“Now, it’s sort of densely knit, with housing subvisions and businesses and schools, ” Illia said. “This stretch currently sees 45,000 vehicles daily on average, and to tell you the truth, it’s just worn out.”
The project is also adding several mid-block crosswalks. It will be less likely for pedestrians to put themselves in danger by trying to jaywalk.
People who spoke with 8 News Now said they are most excited about are the additional crosswalks.
“It’s easier for us to cross the street when we need to go, because it’s just better for us to cross instead of at the light, instead of us having to go all the way around to the light,” said Angela Pinon who lives nearby.
“I would feel safer, I know the neighborhood would feel safer, every neighborhood. These streets are long in Las Vegas, these blocks are long, they’re not short blocks,” said another nearby resident.
Now, the Nevada Department of Transportation is looking for the public’s feedback.
“Express whatever concerns they have,” Illia said.
If want to voice your suggestions or concerns, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Nellis Blvd. Rehabilitation” in the subject line.
NDOT says the project’s design should be 100 percent complete by this fall and construction is
expected to start in early 2020.