Construction will begin Monday morning, July 14, on the Main Street improvement project. Starting Monday, the east half of Main Street between Carson and U.S. 95 will be closed to traffic. Two-way traffic will be on the west side of Main Street with just one travel lane in each direction. This closure will be in effect 24-hours-a-day and will continue for the next few months while drainage facilities, sidewalk and the roadway on this east side is reconstructed. Pedestrian accommodations will be provided on both sides of the street.
The $13.9 million project, which will stretch along Main Street between Bonneville Avenue and north of U.S. 95, will improve traffic flow within the corridor and make the area safer for bicyclists and pedestrians by adding new green bike lanes and widening sidewalks. The project will also include roadway improvements such as asphalt paving and street lighting, as well as landscaping including trees and planters. In addition, the improvements will bring traffic signal modifications, traffic striping and signage and more. Phase 2, which is scheduled to commence in late 2015, will extend these improvements from Bonneville to Las Vegas Boulevard and will also convert Main and Commerce Streets to complementary one-way thoroughfares.
Work on Phase 1 will be completed by the end of 2015. The project is expected to create 104 new jobs. Las Vegas Paving is the contractor.
The project is being funded by Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), general fund dollars and city of Las Vegas room tax. Through FRI, revenue is generated every time a motorist fuels their vehicle, and a portion of what they pay at the pump helps to create jobs by funding transportation and public safety projects throughout Clark County. For motorists, this averages out to about a dime a day over the three-year period from 2014 - 2016. Funds help keep pace with material and labor costs, raising $700 million, funding 185 projects and creating 9,000 jobs. For more information, visit www.rtcsnv.com/fri.