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Driving You Crazy: Roundabout Round-Up

LAS VEGAS - Drivers are confused about a roundabout near the Costco store at Pavilion Center Drive and Park Run Drive.

The roundabout includes multiple lanes, and drivers are unsure which lane they need to be in to make a legal right turn.

Learn More About Traffic Laws Regarding Roundabouts

This is a busy shopping area. Here's how a multi-lane roundabout works. As you approach the roundabout, slow down and plan ahead, so you choose the correct lane. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout and wait for a gap in traffic.

Choose the left lane to make a left turn. Go straight to go through the roundabout, or go all the way around to make a u-turn. Choose the right lane to make an immediate right turn or go straight. If you're going all the way around, the right lane is the wrong one to choose.

Construction Industry Making a Steady Comeback

LAS VEGAS -- A steel skeleton along the 215 Beltway near Charleston Boulevard has for years been a reminder of an soured economy but in just a few weeks construction will start again.

It is just one of several commercial construction projects underway in the Las Vegas valley, which are all adding jobs.

A spokesperson for the Howard Hughes Corporation said construction of the shopping complex will employ 1,700 people, and when finished in 2014, 2,000 people will work there.

James Jackson is a foreman at Gallagher Plumbing. He says his company has about a dozen jobs contracted out, which is twice what it had a year ago.

"Things are improving. We got the water parks. It was the Lady Luck, Downtown Third, I think it is called. There is another project right down the street here," Jackson said.

North Las Vegas Mayor Out, Henderson Mayor Re-Elected

LAS VEGAS -- As has become the standard, Tuesday's municipal primary elections were marked with a low voter turnout.

Of the 143,000 registered voters in Henderson, 12.4 percent voted. In the City of Las Vegas, where 153,000 people are registered to vote, just 10 percent cast a ballot. And in North Las Vegas, of the 89,000 registered voters, 10.4 percent turned up at the polls.

Low Voter Turnout Expected in Municipal Primaries

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In the race for Henderson mayor, incumbent Mayor Andy Hafen won re-election with 54.8 percent of the vote. He was challenged by six other candidates.

In the race for Henderson City Council Ward 3, incumbent John Marz won re-election with 51.7 percent of the vote. 

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Las Vegas Councilman in Hospital

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross has been taken to the hospital for observation, a family friend said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Ross is being challenged in Tuesday's primary election by two candidates.

In the statement, family friend Steve Redlinger said Ross' wife, Kelli, urged him to go to the hospital for observation. Doctors then advised they would like to run a few follow-up exams. Ross may be in the hospital overnight.

"I want to emphasize that he is doing fine, and doctors are holding him over strictly out of an abundance of caution," Redlinger said.

The family had planned a gathering at the Ross home to await election results, but that was canceled, he said.

Ross is expected to return to work after a couple days of rest, Redlinger said.

Low Turnout Expected in Municipal Primaries

LAS VEGAS - The primary election for the valley's municipal races takes place Tuesday, but election officials expect very low turnout.

During last year's presidential race, 80 percent of registered voters voted. Election officials expect 10 percent turnout for the municipal primary, in part because many voters will only see one race on their ballots.

Less than 7,000 people voted early in Las Vegas.

Learn More About the 2013 Municipal Primary Elections

Candidates in Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Las Vegas are running for city council, mayor and municipal judge. The ballots are small, but the primary election is important. If a candidate wins by a 50-percent majority, that candidate bypasses the general election and wins the seat. The candidate could be sworn into office as early as this month.

Coroner Releases Cause of Death in Cement Truck Accident

Coroner Releases Cause of Death in Cement Truck Accident

 

The Clark County Coroner’s Office has determined that serious blockages in a driver’s arteries may have contributed to his death in a crash along Summerlin Parkway in January.

Richard Wood, 44, of Las Vegas was driving a cement truck eastbound on Summerlin Parkway near Rampart Drive January 16, when the truck traveled through the median into westbound traffic.

The cement truck hit another truck and flew off the roadway into an embankment. The people in the truck were not seriously hurt.

According to the coroner’s office, Wood suffered blunt force head trauma which caused his death. The manner of death is listed as accident. 

Driving You Crazy: HOV Lane Clarification

LAS VEGAS - Viewers want clarification about the speed limit and time windows for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes along U.S. 95.

One viewer wants to know the speed limit for the HOV lanes, since he says drivers exceed the normal 65 mph limit designated for U.S. 95.

The speed limit in the HOV lanes is 65 mph, just like the rest of the freeway. Traffic8 has asked Nevada Highway Patrol for increased speed enforcement.

Another viewer asked if cars containing one occupant can use the HOV lanes outside of designated hours. The answer is yes.

HOV lanes were going to be 24 hours a day, but there was public pushback, and some people raised concerns about enforcement and emergency response times.

So, transportation officials settled on the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday when at least two people must be in the car in order to use the lanes.