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Construction throughout Vegas should not affect tradeshows


Paradise Road

In some places of Paradise Road, sidewalks have already been moved, permitting space for another lane.

There are several construction projects throughout Las Vegas that travelers should be wary of when making their way to the Convention Center this month.

Travelling north on Paradise Road means an encounter with the widening and resurfacing project currently underway. Construction on Paradise from Twain Ave. to Desert Inn Rd. has closed off sidewalks and side streets.

However, the construction, which runs from Sundays to Thursdays, has kept two lanes open, allowing traffic to move through the area.

In some places of Paradise Road, sidewalks have already been moved, permitting space for what could be another lane. The old sidewalks are still open and still let pedestrians walk down Paradise to get to the Convention Center. New sidewalks will be constructed to American Disability Association (ADA) standards.

Previously, Paradise Road had been closed down to one lane. Some traffic signals in the area have already been modified in conjunction with the project.

The widening and resurfacing began in late 2010, and is expected to be complete in May 2011.

The Clark County Public Works department is also doing construction on Desert Inn Rd. between Paradise and Valley View. The goal of the $3.5 million project is to widen the DI under-bridge that travels beneath the Strip.

Mike Mamer, assistant manager of offsite construction at Clark County Public Works, said that the city hasn’t even let the Convention Center know about the project, just based on the premise that it shouldn’t impinge on their business.

“We’re only doing nighttime closures. That’s what traffic counts dictate is best for the area,” said Mamer.

The Desert Inn closures happen from 9 pm to 5 am, and the project is expected to be finished by summer of 2011.

“The goal is traffic safety connectivity to get people on and off the strip at a good point,” said Mamer. The wider bridge will allow locals and workers to leave casinos without having to travel down a busy Las Vegas Boulevard.

Lastly, construction is also taking place on Sahara Ave., one mile north of the Convention Center between Las Vegas Blvd. and Joe Brown, which runs directly behind the Convention Center. Sahara has been narrowed down to two lanes, but travelers can still make a right turn onto Paradise Road. Delays are possible during high-traffic times or when conventions make traffic congestion high because of exiting the I-15 onto Sahara Ave.

The widening of Paradise Road and the DI bridge, as well as the construction on Sahara Avenue come at a month when tradeshows and live events abound. CONEXPO, the large-scale construction show happening March 22 through 24, will probably be moving their equipment in the week before, and during the day, and should not be affected by the construction.



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