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Police Focusing on Intersections This Week

Police Focusing on Intersections This Week

 

Another round of heavy enforcement for intersection safety takes place this week in southern Nevada.

A report released this week by the Alliance for Biking and Walking rated Las Vegas 32nd out of 51 major cities for safety.

Local jurisdictions have “safety events” planned throughout the valley this week, including the following:

DMV to Nevadans: Stay Away Monday

DMV to Nevadans: Stay Away Monday

 

If you have a November deadline for business at the DMV, department officials don’t want to see you Monday.

Department officials are asking motorists to use alternative services this coming Monday or to delay visiting an office until later in the week.

“Happy holidays from our family to yours,” DMV Director Bruce Breslow said. “Enjoy your time more by staying away from the DMV on Monday.”

The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the department’s busiest day of the year, leading some of the staff to call it “Black Monday.”  Wait times can easily double or triple, to two hours or longer. Motorists can always check current wait times on the department’s website or iPhone application.

Water Work Expected to Disrupt Traffic

The Las Vegas Valley Water District is warning drivers about water in the street this weekend.

Crews will be working on a 48-inch water line running along Lamb Boulevard. That work will force water on the street near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. The problem is expected to start Saturday at 9 a.m., and last through Sunday at noon.

The work will force the closure of the eastbound curb lane on Sahara Avenue, along with the bus stop at the intersection. Eastbound drivers should use Charleston Boulevard and Desert Inn Road as an alternate. Southbound traffic can use Nellis Boulevard or Sandhill Road.

Construction in the area is expected to continue through October 21.

Lane Restrictions on Eastern

Lane Restrictions on Eastern

 

Beginning Monday, traffic lane restrictions will be in effect on Eastern Avenue between Charleston Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Inside lanes in both north and south directions of travel will be closed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through Saturday.

The lane closures are required to allow for work on median island improvements. The work will consist of removal of asphalt filled sections of the islands, followed by placement of decorative metal sculptures of desert flora and fauna and rockscape improvements, along with painting upgrades. This type of median island improvement project provides aesthetic improvements to the corridor, but with lower construction and maintenance costs, and without the utilization of irrigation water.

Water Valve Work Forces Lane Restrictions

A traffic advisory is in effect for Wednesday afternoon for westbound Desert Inn Road.

The busy road will be reduced to one lane between Maryland Parkway and Cambridge Street as crews from the Las Vegas Valley Water District repair a water valve. Eastbound side of the road is not impacted.

The lane restrictions are expected to stay in place through rush hour. Drivers heading east or westbound could use Flamingo Road or Sahara Avenue as alternates.

Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Cycling enthusiasts in Nevada and across the country are invited to join the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) for Viva Bike Vegas 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

This year, all riders will have the unique opportunity to bike the bright lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The fourth annual cycling event will feature three spectacular routes for cyclists of all skill levels, including a 103-mile century ride, as well as 60-mile and 17-mile routes. Century riders will travel from the Las Vegas Strip to the vistas of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park.

Riders can register for any of the three routes for only $85 until May 14. Pricing increases thereafter. Online registration is open at www.vivabikevegas.com.

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.