September 15, 2010 

We have two very exciting events coming up in the next few days that I wanted to remind everyone about.  

First on Friday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will be holding his Coffee with the Mayor event at Patricia's Soul Food Cafe at 1100 N. Martin L. King Blvd. This month's Coffee With The Mayor is taking place in Ward 5, and I am planning to join the mayor for this event. I urge those of you who would like to meet and converse with the mayor and me in a casual setting to join us.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, our community will come together to celebrate the much-anticipated rededication of the Martin L. King Boulevard road widening and beautification project. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. The rededication ceremony is scheduled to take place on the east side of Martin L. King Boulevard at Madison Avenue. This newly improved corridor will only add to the business activity and growth on the Historic West Side. I am elated to see that the work is finished because now the community truly does have the most beautiful Martin L. King Boulevard in the nation.

I want to thank the residents and businesses in the area for their patience during construction. The end result is well worth the wait! To celebrate the completion, following ceremonial remarks festivities will continue until 4 p.m., with entertainment, games and a street fair. Local vendors plan to sell items along closed sections of Madison and N Street. The events are co-sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and local businesses. We have a fabulous line-up of entertainers, including Marlene Shaw, Phill Flowers and Friends, and many more. There will be fun for people of all ages, including carnival rides and activities for children and families.

There will also be pictorial and historic displays commemorating the rededication. Originally named Commerce Street, the street was changed to Highland Avenue and was eventually renamed Martin L. King Boulevard. In Las Vegas city limits, the newly-improved roadway extends from Charleston Boulevard to Carey Avenue.

Drivers through our community will be pleased with the 2.5 miles of roadway that was widened to three northbound and three southbound traffic lanes, extending from Symphony Park Avenue to Carey. The project also included extensive utility relocation and the installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps, storm drainage facilities, landscaped median islands and street lighting. New traffic signals were built at the Martin L. King and Symphony Park intersection. Traffic signals at Bonanza Road, Washington Avenue, Vegas Drive, Lake Mead Boulevard and Carey were upgraded. Funding was provided by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the city of Las Vegas.

Thank you again for your patience and support, and I hope to see you there for the grand reopening!