Fuel for Thought is a quarterly newsletter of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The newsletter’s goal is to keep Southern Nevadans informed about the progress and accomplishments from their contributions to the Fuel Revenue Indexing initiative (FRI). Proceeds from FRI are funding 223 transportation projects throughout the valley and adding approximately 9,000 jobs, supporting economic diversification and improving the quality of life for all Southern Nevadans.
The City of Henderson recently celebrated the grand opening of an $18.5 million project that improves safety and mobility along Stephanie Street at Russell Road through the installation of elevated bike lanes, pedestrian trails and more.
City of Henderson officials Mayor Andy Hafen, Director of Public Works Robert Herr, Councilwoman and RTC Vice Chair Debra March and Central Christian Church Campus Pastor Jon Bodin officially opened the Stephanie Street improvements project on June 14 at the Russell Road Recreation Complex.
As well as enhanced features for pedestrians and cyclists, this project included widening Stephanie Street from Galleria Drive to Russell Road and a traffic signal installation at Stephanie Street and Patrick Lane, which has significantly improved traffic flow for Central Christian attendees.
Watch first hand how this project is impacting the community.
Three new businesses will be calling Mesquite home due in part to the nearly completed Exit 118 project. The new interchange, funded by Fuel Revenue Indexing, creates more capacity for larger trucks, such as recreational and freight vehicles, to exit at Mesquite by providing an alternative to the existing roundabout. This project weighed heavily in Eagles Landing and the REV Group’s decision to expand their businesses in Mesquite. This also applies to Solstice RV Park, whose new facility is partially built near Exit 118.
Eagles Landing recently purchased 104 acres from the City of Mesquite with plans to build a motel, sit-down restaurant and a tire operation in the near future. This $7 million investment will employ approximately 80 people.
The REV Group, a $2 billion motor coach and emergency vehicle manufacturer, is in the process of building a 40,000-square-foot RV service and warranty building. Its Mesquite facility is expected to employ up to 80 people.
Solstice RV Park, located at Falcon Ridge and Pioneer Blvd, is a partially-built RV park that caught the eye of a Las Vegas investor, who is investing $2 million to complete the project.
Officials will celebrate the completion of this much-anticipated exit with a grand opening event on Thursday, July 21 at 9 a.m.
Cesar Malaga Müller, secretary of the National Association of Minority Contractors and owner of Müller Construction, began his journey to small business success just three short years ago – right around the time that Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) began to fund projects across the valley. His story exemplifies how hard work, commitment and help from the community can lead to success.
“Start from the bottom and prove you are responsible and responsive,” is the advice that Malaga would give to other small-business owners. With 20 years of experience, a master’s degree in construction management and the help of community partners like the Urban Chamber of Commerce, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Workforce Connections, Malaga has been able to learn how to grow his small business into a successful company that is building important transportation and public works projects in Southern Nevada.
But the road to success wasn’t easy. Malaga faced many challenges as he pursued the licensing process to become a competitive contractor for public works projects, including those funded by FRI. With the guidance of the Urban Chamber of Commerce, training at the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and feedback from the RTC, Malaga pursued the proper training, improved his presentation skills and obtained the necessary licensing to successfully bid on local construction contracts. His first contract was to build a bus shelter. Since then, his company was selected as a subcontractor on the new RTC Mobility Training Center that opened earlier this year.
Malaga’s business continues to grow, and he now has eight full-time employees, including five in the field, and up to 20 subcontractors. Learning from his experiences, he assists and inspires other small-business owners, especially those in the Hispanic community, who are looking to achieve their own success.
One phase down and one to go. That’s the status of a major infrastructure project that will help transform a key area of downtown Las Vegas into a more livable and sustainable community with safety improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Phase II of the $36 million Main and Commerce Streets improvement project began in May and is expected to wrap up in 2018.
Once complete, Main and Commerce Streets will become parallel one-way thoroughfares between Oakey Boulevard and Garces Avenue featuring wider sidewalks with landscaping, shorter pedestrian crossing distances and five-foot green bike lanes. The project also will include transit upgrades, ADA enhancements, new street lighting, improved intersections, traffic signals, landscaping and storm drain improvements.
The project will primarily restrict traffic along Main Street between Bonneville and Gass from May 2016 to August 2016, and along Commerce Street between Garces and Oakey from May 2016 to May 2017.
All this activity in a compressed, heavily traveled area – Main Street alone carries up to 20,000 vehicles daily – means orange cones and the need for motorists to plan their commutes. The RTC is encouraging motorists to take advantage of the Seeing Orange program and its helpful tools to keep them informed of construction locations and disruptions as the project progresses. An important aspect of the program is the RTC’s two-way data exchange partnership with Waze, a free, real time, crowdsourced navigation smartphone app. Commuters can use Waze to determine the best routes based on real-time driving data and information provided by the RTC, including construction, crash and road closure data, making it the one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions.
May 16-23 was National Infrastructure Week. Check out the Instrastructure Week Video to see how Southern Nevadans showed their support.
Cities and states across the country are facing the same challenges to secure funding to meet their growing transportation infrastructure needs. Like Southern Nevada, local and state governments are exploring various options to fund improvements to their aging infrastructure, maintain roads and provide improved and expanded transportation offerings to commuters.