Road construction boom hits Las Vegas valley

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A road construction boom is underway littering the Las Vegas valley with cones, chain linked fences and torn up asphalt.

And it’s just the beginning of the projects.

It seems like you can’t go more than a few blocks before running into some orange cones. 

“It’s our state flower, isn’t it?” Leonard Paul said. He admits he is a frustrated motorist.

Those cones are in full bloom across the valley and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better on local roadways. 

“Every time I turn around, there’s more construction, there’s more waiting, there’s more ways you have to alternate your route,” said motorist Dana Navarez.

“It bothers me a little bit, but the thing is, it shows progress,” said Greg Moore. “I’m an architect in town, so I like progress.”

“We’re asking motorists to just be patient, to plan extra travel time,” said Angela Castro, Regional Transportation Commission.

The RTC is behind many of the projects.

“Many of these projects are so vital and important to our community as we continue to grow and as we continue to develop,” Castro said.

An improving economy and fuel revenue indexing funds are allowing for the construction boom. Since 2014, 109 design and construction contracts have been awarded. Around $260 million in roadwork has been funded by the fuel revenue fund. There are 43 projects now under construction.

“There’s also a lot more projects that are being done, from utility companies, from local developers, from landscapers and from the local jurisdictions themselves,” Castro said.

From flood control work in the west to sewer work in the southeast, the detours are a maze drivers navigate daily.

But it is a sign of progress after the recession put a halt to almost all road projects.

“A few years ago, five years, construction was at a halt and it really hurt a lot of people, now we’re doing well and the signs are at least showing that we’re doing well,” Moore said.

Patience will be needed for a bit longer. It will be a while before some of the major projects wrap up.

The Paradise-Whitney interceptor sewer line should be finished next July and the big flyover bridge for the Centennial Bowl will be done in about 18 months.
 

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