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Sidewalk Inspection Forces Closures at Dam Bridge

Sidewalk Inspection Forces Closures at Dam Bridge

 

State officials will conduct next week what they call a routine safety inspection of the sidewalk on the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will implement a rolling closure for the sidewalk on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 15 to Jan. 18.

The inspection is done once every two years. The inspection will begin on the Arizona side of the bridge, forcing the closure of the Arizona side of the sidewalk. During this time, the Nevada portion of the sidewalk – or roughly half of it– will remain open. As the inspection moves to the Nevada side of the bridge, the entire sidewalk will close. The entire sidewalk will be open during off hours.

In addition, lane restrictions coming into and leaving Nevada will be enforced for the duration of the project. Traffic control devices and personnel will be in place.

Enhancement Project Starts at Boulder Beach

Enhancement Project Starts at Boulder Beach

 

A construction project is underway to enhance the Boulder Beach area at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The $1.2 million project includes several improvements to roads and facilities. A new boat wash station will be installed at Hemenway Harbor Road. The fish cleaning and comfort station along Hemenway Harbor Road will also get a new asphalt parking lot.

Horsepower Cove Road will be getting about 1,000 feet of new asphalt. Plus, Lakeview Overlook will have its parking lot rehabilitated, and a historic wall foundation will be reinforced.

The construction will force the Lakeview Overlook, which is off Nevada Highway 172 along the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail, to be closed December 7 through March 1. The trail will remain open, but there will be occasional temporary closures.

The entire Boulder Beach project is set to be finished in April.

Meeting on Proposed Interstate 11 Planned for Thursday

Meeting on Proposed Interstate 11 Planned for Thursday

 

The Departments of Transportation for Nevada and Arizona want to know what the public thinks about plans to create an interstate between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The Interstate 11 meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street.

NDOT and ADOT will present information they have both collected during the two year study of the project. The meeting will include a brief presentation of the project at 5:30 p.m. There will be a comment period following the presentation.

Las Vegas and Phoenix are the two largest neighboring cities in the country that are not connected by an interstate. Under the plan, U.S. 93 would be upgraded to a full interstate. Supporters of the plan believe it will improve business and tourism for both states. I-11 could also one day be expanded north to Canada and south into Mexico.

NDOT will also have information on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Boulder City Bypass project. 

FAA Makes Flight Restrictions Deal with Tour Companies

FAA Makes Flight Restrictions Deal with Tour Companies

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is going to restrict air space around Las Vegas from Sunday evening to Wednesday afternoon while President Barack Obama is in town.


An FAA statement issued Friday says eight local Grand Canyon sightseeing tour companies will be able to use nearby Jean Airport during that time. Jean is 25 miles south of the Strip. Several other area airports will be closed to general aviation. Commercial traffic at McCarran International Airport won’t be affected.

Two helicopter air tour companies also will be able to conduct night sightseeing tours out of McCarran.

The president plans a campaign event late Sunday at a Las Vegas high school. He’s scheduled to stay at the Westin Lake Las Vegas to hold debate practice sessions for two additional days before his scheduled debate against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Work on 'Third Straw' Brings Truck Traffic to Lake Mead

Work on 'Third Straw' Brings Truck Traffic to Lake Mead

 

Continuing work on the so-called ‘Third Straw’ at Lake Mead will bring heavy truck traffic to the area Thursday and Friday.

More than 50 concrete trucks will travel on U.S. Highway 93 near the area starting at 2 a.m. Thursday and continuing for about 24 hours.

The concrete delivery is for part of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s construction of a intake tunnel. The trucks will be traveling through the Boulder Beach entrance north on Lakeshore Road to mile marker five.

Visitors to Lake Mead should not experience any delays, but drivers should use caution when passing heavy commercial vehicles.

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

A massive cycling event will slow traffic in the Lake Mead area on Saturday morning.

Visitors should expect delays on park roads from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. because of the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo Pinarello bicycle event.

As many as 2,000 cyclists will travel along Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson, where they will enter the park and turn onto Lakeshore Road. Cyclists will exit the park at U.S. Highway 93 and head toward Hoover Dam.

Construction Closes Part of Trail Near Hoover Dam

Construction Closes Part of Trail Near Hoover Dam

 

Part of a historic trail near Hoover Dam will be closed for the next two weeks as part of a construction project.

National Park Service officials announced Thursday that a quarter-mile segment of the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail is closed until Sept. 29 so crews can reseal the Hoover Dam Parking Garage. Hikers will not be able to access the dam from the trail.

The 3.7-mile trail runs from Lakeshore Road to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage, and it is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or underwater.

The small portion of the trail near the garage was closed the evening of Sept. 12. The remainder of the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail is open.

For more details about the trail’s history and unique views along the route, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hikerr.htm.