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Lane Restrictions Planned for Sahara Avenue

Lane Restrictions Planned for Sahara Avenue

People who travel along Sahara Avenue should get ready for lane restrictions.

The Regional Transportation Commission announced Wednesday plans to restrict lanes on Sahara Avenue between Boulder Highway and Paradise Road. The restrictions start Wednesday and will last until at least June 30. Crews will be working through the night and through most of the day as a result the restrictions will be in place during some of the busiest traffic times.

The work is part of the Sahara Express rapid transit project. Crews will be taking up existing pavement and putting down structural pavement for rapid  transit. The Sahara Express will set aside designated lanes for rapid transit buses along the busy street. When its finished the express line will connect Hualapai Way in the western side of the valley with Boulder Highway in the east. The Sahara Express will also connect with other express lines including the Deuce on the Strip line and the Boulder Highway Express.

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.

Reconstruction of Spencer Street Showcases New Technology

The city of Las Vegas is reconstructing Spencer Street between St. Louis and Sahara Avenues beginning this week.

The work is being done as a demonstration project for upgraded in-place asphalt recycling technology, and is a partnering effort between the city and Angelo Benedetti, Inc. In-place pavement recycling reduces roadway costs, while reducing the amount of energy and materials needed. It also reduces area truck traffic, eliminates waste product and accelerates the project completion.

As part of its sustainability initiative, the city looks for vendors and products that help conserve energy and reduce the city's carbon footprint.

Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle

Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle

LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Krista Kachnik of John Dooley Elementary School as the grand prize winner of this year’s anti-graffiti art contest. Her winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

The RTC vehicle also showcased the artwork of first runner-up Fermin Perez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School. The students’ designs were selected as the top two finalists in the fourth annual art contest designed to educate local students that the difference between art and graffiti is permission.  

The RTC again partnered with the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Vector Media Las Vegas to sponsor the art contest.