Eight streets in downtown Las Vegas will be closed to traffic for more than a month in a test on a proposed road project that could exceed $ 1 billion.
The temporary closings, which began Monday and continued through April 12, include Streets 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 21 on US Highway 95, the Nevada Department of Transportation said Monday.
The streets are partially closed from March 8th to 28th and completely closed from March 29th to April 12th.
“Three design alternatives are being evaluated, and each of these roads will be suggested for possible closure,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesman. “It is only suggested that Fourth Street be closed as part of the project’s recessed design alternative so it doesn’t close during these temporary closings.”
In addition, 15th and 21st streets are suggested as bicycle / pedestrian crossings.
The streets in the test run could be permanently closed as part of the planned Downtown Access project. The temporary closings are designed to give residents and businesses in the area the opportunity to first see how the new street configurations work, and provide feedback and voice concerns.
Project signage directs local employees to visit the project website at www.ndotdap.com or to call the community feedback line at 702-938-5440. A short survey is available on the website in both English and Spanish.
The Downtown Access Project would reconfigure a 4 mile portion of US 95, including possibly replacing or removing a 1.6 mile viaduct – a long bridge-like structure that supports a carriageway – paving driveways and exits, that are too close to each other, and the introduction of new ramps for vehicle occupancy with high occupancy.
The project will expand freeway capacity to US 95 in the area from eight to twelve lanes, which would result in the centerline of the freeway being shifted 50 feet north between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eastern Avenue.
Initial plans also include braided ramps between Interstate 15 and US 95 and the construction of new HOV junctions on the City and Maryland parkways.
Project costs can exceed $ 1 billion, depending on which option is chosen.
The project would be the first update to the US 95 viaduct since it was built in the 1960s. The update would include the demolition or replacement of the bridge between Eighth Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks west of Main Street.
According to initial estimates, the project should start in 2027 and be completed in 2031.
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