It is Clark County’s last project in its quest to make the Northern 215 Beltway into a freeway.
The bridge that will eventually be built is one of three and like with any road construction, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
The Pecos Road crossover at the Northern 215 Beltway is closed as construction of a bridge gets underway. It will allow the uninterrupted flow of traffic. Right now, drivers are forced to stop.
“Our luck with that light is, it’s always seems to be bad. We always seem to get stuck at, all the time,” said driver Mark Nixon.
Construction of the Pecos bridge will take between two to three months. Crews will then turn their attention to the Losee Road and Lamb Boulevard crossovers to complete this project. It will take almost two years to get it all done. It’s the last section of the 215 Beltway that has not been converted into a freeway.
“This is our last stretch to construct bridges and all the overpasses and things like that, yes this is it,” said Michael Mamer, Clark County Public Works.
Detours signs will be posted throughout the duration of any closure. For now, the crossover at Lamb and Losee remain open while construction is underway at Pecos which is the nearest exit to the Veterans Administration Hospital.
“They’ll initially close it off, create a bypass, if you will, and then open it back up to traffic,” Mamer said.
In recent years, the commute west of this project has become easier. Other bridges have already been built along the Northern 215 Beltway, including at North 5th Street and Revere Street.
“I go a lot towards Durango and 215 and yeah, that helped,” said driver Connie Rezo.
This fall, the Nevada Department of Transportation will begin building ramps connecting US 95 and the 215 at the Centennial Bowl.
Sometime next year, NDOT will begin working on an I-15 and 215 interchange by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I think they’re trying to have it done before it gets bigger, and bigger out here,” Nixon said.
The cost of building the new bridges is about $70 million, mostly funded by the so-called “gas tax. The project also includes other road upgrades including drainage facilities and medians.