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Bus Project Continues to Choke Sahara Traffic
Bus Project Continues to Choke Sahara Traffic

Construction related to a major bus project continues to snarl traffic on one of the city’s major thoroughfares.

Work on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada’s Sahara Express rapid transit project is causing in travel lane restrictions on Sahara Avenue between Las Vegas Boulevard and Boulder Highway through the end of August. At least one travel lane will remain open in either direction.

Crews will mill the existing pavement and will place new pavement during the overnight hours, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Lane closures will remain in effect during the daytime hours as well. Crews are working on a variety of projects from Boulder Highway to Hualapai Way. Intermittent lane closures may be in effect throughout the corridor while work is underway.

Drivers are urged to take precautions and allow extra time when traveling through the impacted areas. Additional work in the corridor this week includes:

Sahara Avenue from Hualapai Way to Durango Drive: Crews will reconstruct sidewalks and driveways at Hualapai Way, Crystal Water Way and east and west of Fort Apache Road. Expect lane closures both eastbound and westbound.

Sahara Avenue from Durango Drive to Decatur Boulevard: New transit platforms are being installed. Expect intermittent lane closures in this area both eastbound and westbound.

Sahara Avenue from Decatur Boulevard to Rancho Drive: Demolition and replacement of sidewalks and driveways, construction of new transit station platforms, electrical work, landscaping and irrigation are underway this week. Expect intermittent lane closures both eastbound and westbound.  

The Sahara Express rapid transit route is expected to be completed in February 2012. The Sahara Express rapid transit line will include dedicated transit lanes along much of Sahara Avenue, from Hualapai Way in the western part of the valley to Boulder Highway in the east. The Sahara Express will then branch to serve neighborhoods north and south of Sahara Avenue and will also connect to the RTC’s Deuce on the Strip, Strip and Downtown Express and Boulder Highway Express routes.

The majority of the project’s funding was provided by federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus grant funds. The RTC received a $34.4 million grant through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The project is expected to create nearly 500 private-sector jobs.


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