The city of Las Vegas has implemented a new program to construct sidewalk ramps in residential areas to help increase the safety and livability of the neighborhoods.
The program will improve pedestrian routes and the aesthetic appearance of city of Las Vegas residential areas, while also providing for compliance with federal Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) transition requirements. This is one of many efforts the city undertakes to upgrade infrastructure improvements to current ADA standards. This new program will utilize in-house construction staff to complete sidewalk ramps in selected areas, with staff assigned to the ramp construction work as other duties allow.
Work has already started in the first two improvement areas, which include the residential neighborhood bounded by Decatur, Meadows Lane, Valley View and Charleston; and the residential area bounded by Marion, Charleston, Stewart and the Las Vegas Wash. The work is expected to continue for the next five months.
Between the identified neighborhoods there will be approximately 150 new sidewalk ramps constructed, along with upgrades to 25 existing ramps. The staff will also address damaged sidewalk panels in the neighborhoods, and in addition, misdemeanor work crews will be utilized to remove vegetation and debris from sidewalk areas. There should be minimal traffic and pedestrian impacts during the work activities.
This is one of several projects the city has undertaken in the last year to help improve older neighborhoods. The city recently completed work on another major project to construct sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements in Wards 3 and 5. The goal of that project is to improve the “walkability” and quality of life for residents in the downtown Las Vegas and West Las Vegas project areas.
Work on the sidewalk ramps will be completed by city of Las Vegas Department of Operations and Maintenance personnel. Funding for this project is provided by the city of Las Vegas.