Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will hold a neighborhood meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 North J Street, to discuss the proposed closure of F Street in west Las Vegas. The D-F Connector project proposes a closing of F Street and a realignment of D Street between I-15 and Bonanza Road as part of the I-15 North Corridor widening project that is now under construction.
The meeting will include presentations from city staff and the Nevada Department of Transportation, which is building the project. Residents are urged to attend to make their concerns known.
The city has proposed closing F Street as part of the NDOT project, because it would eliminate "cut-thru traffic" on the residential street, redirecting traffic to a wider collector street (D Street). This would facilitate access to downtown Las Vegas and I-15 for both motorists on I-15 and residents of west Las Vegas, and would also create a gateway opportunity between the downtown and west Las Vegas at the intersection of D Street and Washington Avenue. This proposal by the city was prompted in large part by a fatal accident that occurred several years ago involving a cement truck and a moped as well as complaints from neighbors.
Residents have now raised concerns with the proposed closure, leading Councilman Barlow to call for the meeting.
The city had its first public hearing before the Planning Commission regarding the D-F Connector on December 15, 2005. The public hearing at the City Council level concerning the D-F Connector took place on January 18, 2006. A map showing the D-F Connector and closure of D and F Streets was mailed to residents within a 400 foot radius of I-15 on February 2, 2006. A public meeting concerning design was held on June 27, 2007, showing the D-F Connector and F Street cul-de-sac.