Fuel for Thought provides you updates on how road construction is creating jobs - progress - growth in Southern Nevada. In this issue, you will learn how residents are finding jobs, how developers are working with the RTC and partners on projects in growing communities, and what road projects are on the horizon.
Every May National Infrastructure Week highlights the importance of infrastructure to our communities and economy. From thanking commuters and construction workers to the “Careers in Motion” job fair, the Latin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo, and the first construction project groundbreaking funded by the Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) Extension – the RTC, its partners and the community came together for National Infrastructure Week to celebrate the jobs, progress and growth that road construction is fueling in Southern Nevada. Watch a recap below.
While the economy has gained strength and employment is at an all-time high, some Southern Nevadans are still looking for jobs. Fortunately, many job opportunities exist in the transportation and construction fields, and the RTC and its partners are helping residents learn about these opportunities. At the RTC’s annual “Careers in Motion” job fair, job seekers are connected with employers, training programs, and labor unions. And during the Latin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo and luncheon, businesses were able to network with and learn from prime contractors in the construction and engineering industries.
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Want to be a part of these kinds of events moving forward? Send your name and contact information to RTCFRI@rtcsnv.com.
Clark County recently kicked off the first major construction project funded by the extension of Fuel Revenue Indexing on Lone Mountain Road, which will feature widened sidewalks, bicycle lanes and re-paving in both directions between the 215 Beltway and Tenaya Way. Hear from community residents in the surrounding area, including students and staff at Leavitt Middle School, who are excited for the improved safety and quality this project will bring.
“Residential construction is booming,” said Nat Hogsdon, executive officer at the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association. “As Southern Nevada continues to look at economic diversification, supplying homes to the thousands of workers who see Nevada as a great place to call home is increasingly important.” Hogsdon said beyond the importance of meeting homebuyers’ needs is making sure infrastructure maintenance keeps up with demand and future planning is centered on these areas of growth.
Numerous road projects in the fastest growing residential communities in our valley will soon be underway. Check out some of those projects below, and to learn more about construction in your neighborhood, visit SeeingOrangeNV.com
South Henderson, near the growing Inspirada master planned community and the 55-acre home of the Las Vegas Raiders’ headquarters and practice facility, will soon see several roadway improvements. Gilespie Street from Volunteer Boulevard to St. Rose Parkway and Bruner Road from Gilespie Street to Executive Airport Drive will be widened from four to six lanes in some areas; sidewalks will also be widened and landscaping added on each side. Bermuda Road currently consists of two lanes with no striping between St. Rose Parkway and Bruner Avenue; and it does not even exist between Bruner Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard. Work will soon begin to make it a four-lane roadway with a raised median island and widened sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and other complete street upgrades.
In the southwest valley, improvements are planned along established roadways that are adding new housing and other amenities. For example, improvements to Durango Drive from Blue Diamond Road to Windmill will provide paved shoulders, drainage improvements, lighting, street signage, bridges, traffic control devices, sidewalks and traffic signals.
In the northwest valley, Fort Apache Road from Alexander Road to the 215 Beltway will be upgraded to up to six travel lanes with a continuous left-turn lane and/or a median island. Traffic control devices, drainage improvements, sidewalks and lighting will also be added.