FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2019
RTC seeks public input on final plan to ‘reimagine’ Boulder Highway
In-person and online public meetings scheduled to discuss safety and mobility improvements
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LAS VEGAS – One of Southern Nevada’s busiest and most historic roadways, Boulder Highway, has been reimagined to improve safety and mobility. As part of the project, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and its partners – Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), City of Henderson, Clark County and City of Las Vegas – are presenting a final recommendation, including estimated phasing and costs, for feedback on transportation and pedestrian improvements to “re-imagine” a 15-mile stretch of the busy roadway between Charleston Boulevard and Wagonwheel Drive.
The proposed concept includes dividing the roadway into three sections: a “through realm” flanked on each side by two “pedestrian realms.”
The “through realm” consists of two general-purpose lanes in each direction and designated mass transit lanes in the middle of the roadway. The “pedestrian realm” features wider sidewalks and more lighting for pedestrians, separated bicycle lanes, and the option for either linear parks or frontage roads for slower-moving traffic looking to access businesses and neighborhoods located off the roadway.
To learn more about the final concept and timeline for the project, residents can check it out online or join project experts at upcoming public meetings:
- Monday, Sept. 23 – Wednesday, Oct. 23: 24/7 Online Public Meeting at rtcsnv.com/BoulderHighway
- Wednesday, Sept. 25: 4-6 p.m. at the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, Nev., 89101
- Friday, Sept. 27: 6-10 p.m. at the Last Friday event, Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St., Henderson, Nev., 89015
Comments can also be sent directly to BoulderHighway@rtcsnv.com. Comments submitted with a valid email address will be entered to win two free tickets to the November 2 Vegas Golden Knights hockey game.
Built in 1931, Boulder Highway was designed to connect Las Vegas to Henderson and Boulder City through a largely rural area. Today, the roadway is a busy arterial with more than half of vehicles traveling less than two miles in their commute. Within a half-mile radius of Boulder Highway there are nearly 20,000 homes, apartments and condominiums as well as more than 970 commercial lots. The area also sees 10,000 RTC transit riders and 36,000 vehicles traveling daily.
As a result, Boulder Highway sees heavy pedestrian and bicycling traffic. However, its wide lanes, fast speeds and lack of lighting and crosswalks contribute to its ranking as one of the roadways with the highest pedestrian fatalities statewide. Consequently, the Reimagine Boulder Highway study identifies numerous safety improvements, especially for pedestrians as well as proposals to improve mobility with more multi-modal options for travelers. Project partners also hope the redesign helps spur redevelopment.
Over the last two years, more than 3,600 survey responses from businesses, residents, property owners and other members of the community along and near Boulder Highway were gathered to develop the proposed concept to increase multimodal mobility and improve safety. Eighty percent approved a variety of changes, including wider sidewalks, better lighting, center-running transit and high-comfort bikes lanes.
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com and stay informed by subscribing to our blog.