Ken Smith from Fox 5’s “Ken’s Cone Zone” in Las Vegas recently covered a news story about the new decorative median fencing installed along the raised median on Charleston Boulevard between Nellis Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard. NDOT has committed millions of dollars to pedestrian safety projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including $2.4 million in upgrades along Charleston Boulevard.
But the new one-mile-long fence lining the median was not a pleasant addition for everyone. One Fox 5 viewer even called it “ugly.” When asked about the complaints regarding the new fencing, Tony Illia, NDOT’s Public Information Officer, responded, “The far uglier thing would be more pedestrian deaths. So by that measure, I think it is looking awfully nice.”
Ken (and many others) agree, stating that the idea is working to help reduce unsafe pedestrian behavior and overall, pedestrian deaths. According to Ken, “The pedestrians are using the crosswalk.”
“Ken’s Cone Zone.” Interview by Ken Smith. TVeyes Media Monitoring Suite. KVVU Fox 5 News, 22 Aug. 2017. Web. 22 Sept. 2017.