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Lane Closures This Weekend on Rainbow for Construction
Lane Closures This Weekend on Rainbow for Construction

As many as half the traffic lanes on Rainbow Boulevard will close between Alta Drive and Washington Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday while work continues on a pedestrian undercrossing.

Lane closures will be required while a 50-foot wide trench is excavated through Rainbow Boulevard north of Westcliff Drive, and for major work on a pedestrian undercrossing of Rainbow. When completed, the arch will be 200 feet long, 16 feet wide and 12 feet high at the center, allowing ample space for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross Rainbow Boulevard below the roadway. Access to U.S. 95 on- and off-ramps will not be impeded, but motorists should expect traffic delays as a result of the lane restrictions. 

Similar lane restrictions will be in place the weekends of April 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18, from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, as the work progresses across Rainbow from east to west. At least two through lanes will be open for motorists traveling in both directions at all times. New pavement will be in place over the trench by the time all lanes open at 5 a.m. each Monday morning.

Construction of the undercrossing is part of the $4.9 million Bonanza Trail Phase II improvement project that began in November 2010, and is expected to continue through July 2011. The Bonanza Trail improvement project completes the overall trail connection from Durango Drive to downtown, and includes the construction of a shared use path, a pedestrian bridge at Decatur Boulevard, a new bus turnout at the northwest corner of Westcliff at Rainbow and new signage and roadway striping for bicycle lanes. The project includes more than 4.5 miles of improvements to the city's trail system.

Funding for the project is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. This act keeps money from Nevada federal land sales in the state for parks and trail projects.