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F Street Reopening Will Impact Travel along I-15

F Street Reopening Will Impact Travel along I-15

The project to reopen F Street is starting an important phase that will have an impact on drivers in the area.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, lane and ramp closures and restrictions on I-15 between Washington Avenue and the U.S. 95 exits will start at 7 p.m. July 14.

I-15 will be reduced to two lanes northbound and southbound between Lake Mead Boulevard and U.S. 95.

F Street was originally closed as part of the expansion of I-15. However, people in the neighborhood protested because the street was their main connection to the rest of the city.

After protests from neighbors, the State Legislature stepped in to reopen the street.

F Street will run under I-15 and provide direct access between downtown Las Vegas and the historic West Las Vegas community. Besides offering access for cars, the new street will have new sidewalks, curbs, decorative lighting and landscaping north to Washington Avenue.

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

If you regularly ride the bus in southern Nevada, pay attention because a new schedule goes into effect July 7.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) warns that customers may experience service delays.

The transit service changes include increased frequencies, later and/or earlier operating hours, schedule adjustments and modifications to the Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), Route 212-Sunset Road and Route 402-Sunset/Boulder City. Boarding changes will take place on the Sahara Express (SX), BHX and HDX that will require passengers to board through the front door and pay or swipe their passes at the farebox.

The transit service changes that will be effective July 7, include:

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

County transportation officials continue to study one of the most heavily traveled public transportation corridors in southern Nevada.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will host a third public workshop on improvements along Maryland Parkway between McCarran International Airport and Downtown Las Vegas. The workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 27 at The Boulevard Mall, Center Court.

Public input on how to best utilize public transit in the area and on potential street design changes will be sought at the meeting.

Maryland Parkway carries an average of more than 9,000 passengers per day.

Getting Around Downtown Focus of Workshop

Getting Around Downtown Focus of Workshop

The officials who work to make getting around southern Nevada easier want to know what people living in and around the downtown area have to say about a new study.

The Regional Transportation Commission is hosting a meeting June 11 to talk about the Community Mobility transportation study, which focused on alternative transportation improvements to better link people to the Bonneville Transit Center.

The RTC is looking for infrastructure solutions to better connect people on foot or on bicycle with neighborhoods, businesses and community centers.

The meeting will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street.


New High-Tech Parking Meters Available Downtown

New High-Tech Parking Meters Available Downtown

Drivers may notice something different the next time they park downtown.

More than 200 new high-tech parking meters were installed across the street from Las Vegas city hall. Officials say the new multi-bay meters are easier to use than the coin-only meters.

The new meters accept credit and debit cards, as well as coins. Plus, they are solar powered. There is also an application for smart phones that connects the new meters.

"The app is called Park Me and what it will do is display all of the parking facilities both on street and off street in the downtown area. It will also give you an idea of where parking on the street is likely to be available in real time,"  parking services manager Brandy Stanley said. 

Upgrading parking technology is the second phase of a long-term parking plan downtown.

U.S. 95 Lanes Closing for Re-Striping Effort

Rolling closures are planned this Sunday for a heavily traveled portion of U.S. 95.

Nevada Department of Transportation crews will be restriping portions of the highway's high-occupancy vehicle lanes both northbound and southbound from Lake Mead Boulevard to Rancho Road.

The closures will be between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Drivers are advised to slow down and follow the traffic controls that will be in place.

Way to Walk between Symphony Park and Downtown Now Open

Way to Walk between Symphony Park and Downtown Now Open

A new pedestrian bridge connecting Symphony Park with the rest of downtown is now officially open.

The city of Las Vegas and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened the new Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge Wednesday morning.

The new bridge allows people to walk above the railroad tracks, making it much easier for residents and visitors to walk to and from Symphony Park.

"It allows all of our patrons a chance to go and have dinner in the downtown before they come to a Smith Center performance." President of the Smith Center Myron G. Martin said.

It also makes it easier for people to park at the Las Vegas City Hall and access the Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children's Museum.

"But it's all about moving people. Our visitors, our tourists, as well as our residents that want to participate and come to the Smith Center and also be able to stay downtown." Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.