In February 2015, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) allocated $10 million in state highway funds for pedestrian safety programs throughout the state.
At the time, nine pedestrians had been killed on Nevada’s roadways. Tragically, that figure has ballooned to 20 as of mid-April.
The funding approved by the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors on Feb. 9 for pedestrian safety improvements including crosswalks, lighting enhancements, pedestrian warning signals, pedestrian median islands and dividers at problematic pedestrian crossings.
The majority of the money will be spent in Clark and Washoe counties, the most populated regions in Nevada. The safety enhancements are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The projects in Northern Nevada include:
• A traffic signal on North Virginia and Wall Street
• Better lighting, pedestrian flashers, safety medians and warning signs on North Virginia at Talus, Moraine and Hoge
• Improved lighting on Sun Valley Boulevard at Skaggs, Gepford and Sixth Avenue
• Multiple safety improvements on Kietzke Lane
• Relocation of a crosswalk in Incline Village in addition to flashers on State Route 28 at Village Boulevard
In Southern Nevada, projects include:
• A Danish-offset and overhead traffic control devices at Boulder Highway and Sun Valley Drive
• A curb extension along Charleston Boulevard at Hillside and Burnham and Danish-offsets at 17th and Lamont streets in addition to median fencing – there will also be wireless pedestrian activated high-level warnings and/or traffic control devices
• A complete street redesign on Lake Mead Boulevard from Civic Center Drive to Pecos Road to include a raised median, additional mid-block crossings, ADA improvements, lane narrowing the widen sidewalks and pedestrian activated high-level warnings and/or traffic devices
• Blue Diamond Road at El Capitan and Fort Apache Road, a traffic signal, pedestrian crossing signals and sidewalk improvements