Funding approved for improvements to Nellis Blvd

Badly needed work set to begin in November

Mitch Kelly
September 24, 2020 - 6:04 am
Shots of Nellis Blvd in Las Vegas



Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - A large stretch of Nellis Boulevard is about to get a badly needed face lift.

The Nevada Department of Transportation has awarded a $25.8 million construction contract to Las Vegas Paving Corporation to rehabilitate an aging 10-mile section of Nellis Boulevard between Tropicana Avenue and Craig Road

The project will remove and replace the existing pavement, with103,000 tons of new blacktop or enough asphalt to pave over 9,000 average-sized driveways.

"These enhancements will rejuvenate a heavily traveled urban arterial with three school zones, creating a safer and more pedestrian friendly corridor", said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. "This project will also generate 335 high-paying locally sourced direct, indirect and induced jobs."

Meanwhile, the Sahara , Charleston and Bonanza intersections with Nellis will undergo full-depth asphalt repaving with streetlight replacements and signage improvements.

Other work includes adding two push-button activated pedestrian mid-block crossings with overhead rapid flashing beacons at Newton Avenue and another just north of Cheyenne Avenue.

New handicap accessible ramps, sidewalks and driveways are being installed while Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) facilities are added and concrete medians are reprofiled.

This stretch of roadway averages 34,340 vehicles daily.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in late November, with at least two lanes remaining open in each direction except between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday night through Friday morning, when the work zone will be squeezed down to one lane in each direction.

The project is anticipated to wrap-up in mid-2022.