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Lanes Restricted on Buffalo Drive This Weekend

Lanes Restricted on Buffalo Drive This Weekend

Drivers may want to find another way around in the Summerlin area this weekend because of lane restrictions at a busy intersection.

Crews will be closing lanes on the Buffalo Drive overpass at Summerlin Parkway. The closures are from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Crews will be assessing maintenance issues on the bridge deck of Buffalo Drive.

North and southbound traffic on the overpass will be limited to one lane in each direction. Access onto the eastbound lanes of Summerlin Parkway will not be available to southbound traffic.

Drivers are advised to use Tenaya Way and Durango Drive as alternative routes.

New Traffic Light Coming to Busy Intersection

 

A new signal light is going in at the intersection of Smoke Ranch Road and Rock Springs Drive.

The light will be in a mode where it just flashes red starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The light will remain in that mode until it is officially turned on at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. During the time it is in a flashing-light mode, drivers should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

The signal was built by city of Las Vegas staff for about $95,000. 

Ride for Free on Sahara Express

Ride for Free on Sahara Express

Commuters are urged to “dump the pump” and take a free ride on the Sahara Express.

The Regional Transportation Commission is offering free rides on the Sahara Express bus service now through Sunday. The Sahara Express provides a dedicated bus lane for express service along Sahara Avenue from Hualapai Way on the western side of the Las Vegas Valley to Boulder Highway in the east.

The free rides are part of the seventh annual national Dump the Pump Day, which is Thursday. The RTC is joining with other public transportation systems to encourage people to take public transportation, ride a bike or carpool on that day. People can go to rtcsnv.com for information on fairs, routes and the Club Ride program.

Construction Forces Detour along U.S. 95 and Rainbow Blvd.

Construction Forces Detour along U.S. 95 and Rainbow Blvd.

Construction will force the detour of U.S. 95 and the partial closure of Rainbow Boulevard for the weekend.

Crews will be pouring concrete on the bridge deck of the Summerlin Parkway flyover bridge high occupancy vehicle or HOV lanes. The closures start at 9 p.m. Friday. The roads are set to reopen at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Drivers heading south on U.S. 95 will be detoured through Rainbow Boulevard. People driving east on Summerlin Parkway wanting to go northbound on U.S. 95 will be diverted through Buffalo Avenue. However, drivers heading from Summerlin Parkway east to U.S. 95 southbound will not encounter restrictions.

The on ramps from Lake Mead Boulevard to U.S. 95 southbound will be closed. Drivers can us Jones Boulevard to get to U.S. 95. Ramps to northbound U.S. 95 will not be impacted.

Another Major Closure for Summerlin HOV Work

Another Major Closure for Summerlin HOV Work

 

Another major closure of the U.S. 95 will affect drivers this weekend.

Beginning Friday, the Nevada Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Rainbow Boulevard. and will detour U.S. 95 southbound in order to pour concrete pour the bridge decks for the Summerlin HOV flyover bridge currently under construction.

The traffic reconfiguration will consist of one marathon weekend beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and reopening by 5 a.m. Sunday.

Drivers heading south on U.S. 95 will be detoured through Rainbow. Motorists driving east on Summerlin Parkway will be diverted through Buffalo to connect to 95 North. There will be no restrictions to connect from 95 North to Summerlin Parkway West.

Sahara Express Ready to Roll

Sahara Express Ready to Roll

 

It took more than a year to complete, but now the Regional Transportation Commission's Sahara Express route is ready to roll.

For riders, it will mean a more convenient way to get across the Las Vegas valley. For drivers, it will mean the road construction along Sahara Avenue is finally finished.

The route stands out with distinctive, solar-powered, blue bus stops. There are also ticket machines which let riders buy tickets before getting on the bus. The sidewalks have been widened and raised to make it easier to board buses. Crews also gave a facelift to the median along Sahara Avenue with plants and trees.

The new bus route isn’t just about aesthetics. There is now a designated lane, allowing the bus to move faster.

Traffic Lights Will Shut Down for Construction

Traffic Lights Will Shut Down for Construction

Work along Sahara Avenue is progressing but there will be more disruptions in traffic signals as crews work on the Sahara Express rapid transit project.

Starting Sunday night through December 1, crews will be shutting down the signal lights at eight busy intersections along Sahara Avenue during the overnight hours. Metro Police will be directing traffic. The intersections that will be impacted include Sahara Avenue at:

  • Rainbow Boulevard
  • Tenaya Way
  • Jones Boulevard

The signal light shutdowns will be in the overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. There will also be lane restrictions along the entire length of Sahara Avenue intermittently through February. The Regional Transportation Commission is building a dedicated transit lane for rapid transit buses. When finished, Sahara Express will stretch from Boulder Highway in the east to Hualapai Way in the west.