SEEING ORANGE – May 2016

WAZE PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED

May-Waze-Launch

The RTC officially launched its partnership with Waze in April in an effort to share traffic incident and road closure information with commuters. Download Waze and join other drivers in Southern Nevada who share real-time traffic and road information to save time and money on your commute.

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COORDINATION TO EASE FRUSTRATION

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a project completed only to have the same road torn up again a few weeks later. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is helping to prevent this from happening through better project coordination.

We recently restructured the Utility Coordination Committee into the Regional Project Coordination Committee, so that it now looks at long-term construction projects and plans accordingly. A key component of this committee is the Cone Management Working Group, which is comprised of staff-level employees – the people out in the field – who meet regularly to discuss active construction projects, share information and plan cone coordination. The Cone Management Working Group provides first-hand insights into the day–to-day activities of active construction sites and can already cite a few successes where jurisdictions and utility companies coordinated work on the same stretch of road at once.

A recent example is the coordination between Cox Communications and the City of Henderson on the Volunteer Boulevard roadway widening project. Cox Communications was planning on conducting work along Volunteer Boulevard once the City of Henderson had completed their work.  Thanks to the Cone Management Working Group, Cox and the City were able to work together to complete their work at the same time. This saved money, and weeks of orange cone time.

Doing projects simultaneously won’t prevent all road construction headaches, but it will help to lessen the time the orange cones affect traffic and ultimately, improve your commute.
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THE LIFE OF A CONE

Have you ever driven through a construction site and wondered how those cones came to be? Those orange cones see a lot during their lifetime, but plenty of work is done before and after they’re placed on construction sites. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the life of a cone.

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IN THE CONES

Main/Commerce Street Downtown Couplet Phase II (City of Las Vegas)
Roadwork began in May for work associated with phase II of the Main Street and Commerce Street improvements project. This phase of the project will transform  Main and Commerce Streets into parallel one-way thoroughfares and add bicycle lanes, landscaping, and new bus shelters. It will also upgrade street lighting, improve intersections and widen sidewalks for pedestrians. This project is estimated to be complete in Fall 2018. For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov.

Gas main upgrades (Southwest Gas)
Work is underway to upgrade gas mains on Durango Drive between Vegas Drive and Edna Avenue; on Sunset Road between Escondido Street and Green Valley Parkway; on Russell Road between Sandhill Road and Mountain Vista Street; on Mountain Vista Street between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue; and on Hacienda Avenue between Mountain Vista Street and Stephanie Street. Work is being done at night; however, one travel lane will be closed in the daytime hours to protect the work zone. Work is expected to be completed in July 2016. For more information, visit swgas.com.

I-215 Southern Beltway and Airport Connector Phase II (Clark County)
This project will improve access to the busy McCarran International Airport by creating a flyover structure, increasing the number of lanes from three to four, add an auxiliary lane to exit at Las Vegas Boulevard and construct a dedicated two-lane off-ramp from eastbound I-215 with a bridge over the Airport Connector. These improvements will help relieve airport traffic and congestion. This project is scheduled to be completed in August 2017.  For more information, visit clarkcountynv.gov

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DOWN THE ROAD

Project NEON (Nevada Department of Transportation)
Road construction on the surface streets associated with Project NEON will begin summer of 2016. Project NEON is the largest public works project in Nevada history and will widen 3.7 miles of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange with U.S. 95 in downtown Las Vegas. It’s currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily, or one-tenth of the state population, and sees 25,000 lane changes an hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035. The project will be completed by summer 2019. For updated traffic impacts please visit: ndotprojectneon.com

Summerlin Parkway, CC-215 to US-95 (City of Las Vegas)
Roadwork on Summerlin Parkway will begin in June 2016 to construct safety fencing within the median which is intended to reduce crossover crashes through the median area. The project will also increase capacity at the Rampart Boulevard exit ramp and make trail improvements along the parkway from Durango to Rampart. As a last phase of construction, new auxiliary lanes will be added between ramps that will increase safety. Construction will be complete in December 2016. For more information, visit: lasvegasnevada.gov

Interstate 15 Widening in North Las Vegas
NDOT is investing $33.8 million to widen 4.8 miles of Interstate-15 between Craig Road (S.R. 573) and Speedway Boulevard in North Las Vegas. The planned improvements will widen the roadway from four to six travel lanes and is scheduled to begin construction in August. The project will improve safety, reduce travel times, decrease congestion, improve pavement longevity and expand capacity.  This project is anticipated to be completed in mid-2018. For more information, visit Nevadadot.com