Construction to Restrict Travel on Sahara | Transportation
Drivers who regularly use Sahara Avenue should prepare for delays this week.
Work on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada’s Sahara Express rapid transit project will result in travel lane restrictions on Sahara Avenue between Rainbow Boulevard and Decatur Boulevard as early as Thursday morning.
Road work will occur during the day and at night. Day work will occur from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and night work will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday. Two travel lanes will remain open during the daytime work; traffic may be reduced to one lane in each direction in the overnight hours.
Work in this area will consist of demolition and replacement of portions of medians, sidewalks, and driveways, as well as electrical and utility work, traffic signal upgrades and landscape improvements.
While work is taking place, drivers should take precautions and allow extra time when traveling through the impacted area. Lane restrictions are also in effect on Sahara Avenue from Hualapai Way to Durango Drive, from Decatur Boulevard to Rancho Drive, and from Las Vegas Boulevard to Boulder Highway. Lane restrictions will remain in effect for the duration of the Sahara Express rapid transit project construction, expected to be complete in early 2012.
The Sahara Express will be another addition to the RTC’s expanding network of rapid transit services. The Sahara Express rapid transit line will include dedicated transit lanes along much of Sahara Avenue, from Hualapai Way in the western part of the valley to Boulder Highway in the east. The Sahara Express will then branch to serve neighborhoods north and south of Sahara Avenue and will also connect to the RTC’s Deuce on the Strip, Strip & Downtown Express and Boulder Highway Express routes.
The RTC received $34.4 million in federal economic stimulus grant funds for the rapid transit project to improve mobility, connectivity and accessibility in Las Vegas and help spur local economic growth. The project is expected to create nearly 500 private-sector jobs.
In addition to the new rapid transit lanes, the project will also feature solar powered transit shelters, ticket vending machines, elevated station platforms, and improvements to traffic signals along Sahara Avenue that will improve travel for both cars and transit operations.