Elevating urban mobility: unveiling the Downtown Access Project

2023-08-24T17:03:14-07:00| Categories: Blog| Tags: |

Guest writer from NDOT

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) invites the public to attend a public information meeting for the Downtown Access Project (DAP). The project is located along U.S. 95 from Rancho Drive to Mojave Road. This meeting is an opportunity for members of the public to review NDOT's four new design alternatives and submit questions or comments regarding the designs and the associated impacts.

As part of ongoing efforts to minimize the project's potential impact, NDOT has developed four design alternatives based on community input to address the aging infrastructure, safety, and congestion along this stretch of freeway. The DAP will increase the efficient movement of people, goods, and services on the freeway and revitalize and reconnect the community. Proposed project elements include removing the existing 1.6 miles of bridge and building either a recessed or elevated freeway, increasing capacity by adding one general purpose lane and one HOV lane in each direction, fixing the closely spaced ramps through downtown, improving bike and pedestrian mobility within the community, and adding new landscape and aesthetics.

The in-person public meeting is an open-house format from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 5:30 p.m. on August 29, 2023, at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89101. A Spanish-language interpreter will provide real-time translation of the presentation, which attendees can listen to through headphones provided by meeting organizers. The interpreter is also available to assist Spanish speakers during the Q&A portion of the meeting.

In addition to the in-person meeting, an online meeting will be available 24 hours a day at www.ndotdap.com from August 14 – September 14, 2023.

The project presentation at the in-person meeting will be live-streamed on August 29, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. in English via the NDOT Facebook page (@NevadaDOT) and in Spanish via the project Facebook page (@NDOTDAP). Livestream participants will be given the opportunity to provide comments and ask questions via Facebook.

The Downtown Access Project office, located at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89101, is extending its regular office hours during the public meeting period. Virtual office hours via Zoom will also be available. For more details, visit www.ndotdap.com, email [email protected], or call (702) 938-5440.

The public's input is critical as NDOT evaluates the new proposed alternatives. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the virtual public meeting at their convenience any time over the 30-day period (August 14 through September 14), attend the in-person meeting on August 29, and/or speak with a project representative during the public meeting office hours. Comments can be submitted through the following ways: virtual site; public meeting (in-person or Facebook Live); office hours (in person or Zoom); email ([email protected]); mail (see below PO Box); or the community hotline at (702) 938-5440.

Reasonable efforts will be made to assist and accommodate persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency desiring to attend the public meeting. Requests for services to assist individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency should be made with as much advance notice as possible to Cassie Mlynarek, NDOT Public Involvement Specialist, at (702) 232-5288 or email at [email protected]. For more information, please visit www.ndotdap.com.

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