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Artist Spruces Up Westcliff Transit Center

Artist Spruces Up Westcliff Transit Center


Local artist Mark Melnick will unveil artwork commissioned for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) Tuesday and Wednesday.

Melnick will install his artwork at the Westcliff Transit Center, 25 S. Durango Dr., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. His paintings will cover a total of 360 square feet on the north and south walls of the transit center, and a total of 180 square feet of the east and west walls.

RTC officials said the artwork includes “colorful and detailed images that reflect the Las Vegas Valley, his outdoor interests of hiking and biking, and they promote sustainable modes of transportation. His artwork is also sprinkled with hidden messages.”

Melnick’s local portfolio includes murals at the revamped Marble Manner Community Center in Las Vegas and at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino.

The RTC’s Arts in Transit program is a federally funded program designed to enhance transit amenities. 

Pedestrian Improvements to Impact Traffic on Decatur

Pedestrian Improvements to Impact Traffic on Decatur


City crews began work Wednesday on pedestrian improvements on Decatur Boulevard, impacting traffic for a section of the road near the North Las Vegas airport.

For the next four weeks, there will be construction of pedestrian crossing improvements on Decatur between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. The work will include modifications to a median island, including construction of a pedestrian island, extending electrical power to new streetlights, installation of north- and southbound flashers.  

Most of the work will require a single lane to be closed in each direction. However, closure of another lane may be required at times, but those closures will be restricted to the hours between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to minimize rush-hour impact. The single-lane closures may be kept up during overnight periods in order to protect work zones. 

Drivers Lose Lane along Decatur Boulevard at Northern Beltway

Drivers Lose Lane along Decatur Boulevard at Northern Beltway


Construction has closed down one lane of Decatur Boulevard near the northern 215 beltway for the next seven days.

Drivers heading northbound on Decatur Boulevard had two through lanes at the 215 beltway intersection, starting Monday, it is down to one through lane. The left and right turn lanes are not impacted.

The closure is part of the massive road project going on along the beltway, which includes an interchange at Jones and Decatur boulevards and a Bradley Road Bridge to carry drivers over the beltway.

When the project is finished, drivers will be able to travel on more than seven miles of nonstop freeway from east of U.S. 95 all the way to Losee Road.

Deer Creek Road Closing Through Christmas


The road used to get from one side of Mt. Charleston to the other will be closed from now until Christmas Day.

The U.S. Forest Service will be closing State Route 158, otherwise known as Deer Creek Road while crews work on the Desert Overlook area of the road.

Crews will be paving the shoulder, grading the dividing line and other construction near the highway.

Lee Canyon Road, which is State Route 156, and Kyle Canyon Road, which is State Route 157, will be open to traffic. Drivers wanting to get from Kyle Canyon Road to Lee Canyon Road, or vice versa, will have to drive down the mountain to U.S. 95.

The construction is part of a massive improvement project going on at several places in the Mt. Charleston area. Picnic areas, trailheads, roads and overlooks are all being improved. 

Road on Mt. Charleston Closing Saturday Night

Road on Mt. Charleston Closing Saturday Night


People heading to Mt. Charleston this weekend need to be ready for lane restrictions as crews work on road projects.

State Route 158 from Deer Creek Picnic Area to the intersection of State Route 156 will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday. State Route 156, also known as Lee Canyon Road, will be open. State Route 157, also known as Kyle Canyon road, will also be open. However, people wishing to go from Lee Canyon to Kyle Canyon, or vice versa, must got down to U.S. 95 to get across the mountain.

Crews will be blasting away parts of the mountain to make room for a wider road, bigger parking lots and a new overlook. 

Northern Beltway Lane Shift Planned for Sunday Night

Northern Beltway Lane Shift Planned for Sunday Night


A major shift of traffic along the northern beltway is planned for Sunday night.

Lanes along the northern leg of the 215 beltway will be reduced between U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard. One lane in each direction will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. Two lanes will be open by 5 a.m. Monday, but the lanes will be on the newly paved portion of the road under the south side of the Tenaya Way bridge.

The new traffic pattern is expected to be in place until spring. It is part of the ongoing improvement project for that section of the beltway. The entire paving project is set to be finished by summer 2014.


Paving Work Closes U.S. 95 Access

Paving Work Closes U.S. 95 Access


Halloween will bring tricks instead of treats for drivers in the northwest part of the valley.

On Wednesday, the Ann Road on-ramp to access southbound U.S. 95 will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving. Drivers are asked to use Craig Road to access southbound U.S. 95 and Rancho Drive.  

Depending on the temperature, the Ann Road off-ramp will be closed Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving. Drivers may use the Craig Road off-ramp to access Rancho Drive to Ann Road. The Ann Road on-ramp to access southbound U.S. 95 will remain open.   

In order to perform open-grade paving, the temperature must be 70 degrees or above.  This work is part of U.S. 95 West Corridor’s phase one project, which is near completion.