Construction is scheduled to begin today on a major flood control project that is designed to alleviate the type of flooding experienced in northwest Las Vegas last August. The project will tie together two existing drainage systems and prevent the surface flow that was experienced on Grand Teton Drive, between Hualapai Way and Tee Pee Lane, during last year's floods. This flood control project was expedited by a partnership between the city of Las Vegas and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District (CCRFCD).
When completed, the new underground drainage system will connect the underground storm system that ended at Hualapai and Grand Teton, to the existing system at Grand Teton and Tee Pee, making this a continuous underground storm drain system.
The project is expected to take eight months to complete and will involve the placing of 10-foot-by 5-foot reinforced concrete box structures underground.
“Thanks to our partners at the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, we were able to move this project ahead of schedule,” Councilman Steven D. Ross said. “The goal is to get the storm box completed by the end of June, before monsoon season starts.”
Construction activities within the Grand Teton Storm Drain Improvements will require occasional detours along Grand Teton and North Grand Canyon Drive. These detours will allow continuous access to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon, through the completion of the project.
These restrictions will be in effect 24 hours per day for those detours and are forecast to continue through August 2014. Access to residential, business and school properties may be affected, but detours to alternate access will be provided. During the course of work, there will be other lane restrictions necessary to construct the improvements.
Work being performed on North Grand Canyon will consist of road widening and resurfacing between Farm Road and Grand Teton. Minimal traffic impact will be made along Grand Canyon, but some necessary detours will be provided, mostly nearing the intersection of Grand Teton.
Funding of this $6.8 million project is provided by the CCRFCD and the city of Las Vegas. A Facebook account has been set up that will provide community members with frequent notifications on the project activities and status throughout the course of the project. This account is at facebook.com/MeadowValleyContractorsInc. Information will also be shared on the city’s Facebook account, www.facebook.com/cityoflasvegas, and twitter.com/cityoflasvegas; follow the hashtag #lvroads.