Boulder Highway Pedestrian Crossing at Sun Valley Opens Today in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation today at 11 a.m. opened a new pedestrian crossing along Boulder Highway (State Route 582) at Sun Valley Drive, near the Eastside Cannery Casino, in Las Vegas. Improvements consist of an overhead yellow rapid flashing beacon, a painted crosswalk, and a Danish-offset median island. Left-hand vehicle turns have also been eliminated thereby avoiding potential pedestrian conflicts. Las Vegas Paving was the general contractor.
It marks the first of several forthcoming enhancements scheduled along Boulder Highway. Plans call for $3 million in improvements at eight locations, including: a midblock crossing between College and Horizon drives in Henderson; improvements at Foster Avenue, Corn Street and Lorey Street in Henderson; and midblock crossings near Hamilton Avenue, Oakey Boulevard and Whitney Avenue. There will also be a more midblock crossing at the Boulder Palms Senior Apartments, 4350 Boulder Highway. Several pedestrian safety improvements are planned such as lighting, crosswalks, sidewalks, and medians. The 6-month construction project is scheduled to break ground in November.
“These planned enhancements will greatly improve connectivity, safety and reliability while enabling greater mobility,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “Boulder Highway has transformed over time from a major highway into a densely developed urban corridor with several residences, schools and businesses resulting in greater pedestrian activity.”
Boulder Highway was built in 1931 as part of the construction of the Hoover Dam. It was the area’s only freeway, initially carrying State Route 5 and later serving U.S. Routes 93, 95, and 466 from near Boulder City through Henderson and into downtown Las Vegas. Interstate 15 and 215 Beltway were later constructed, effectively taking its place and changing its use. Residential and commercial development began sprouting up along Boulder Highway, dramatically altering the area’s demographic use and needs. It transformed the highway into a community thoroughfare with cyclists and pedestrian traffic. In 2015, for example, Boulder Highway had 14 fatalities including 8 pedestrian deaths. The improvements will help change that. Meanwhile, NDOT is currently participating in a study for future full Boulder Highway corridor makeover.
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