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Students concerned over road work near school route
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Drivers are usually the first to complain about construction; but road work near a northeast Valley intersection has high school students voicing concern for their safety.
Construction has reduced traffic to two lanes on East Vegas Valley Drive near Tree Line Road.
With Las Vegas High School and East Career and Technical Academy roughly a mile away, students who walk to school say the project has made the route dangerous.
"It made the traffic really bad," said Dale Francisco, a junior at the academy. "There's more cars, more traffic."
One student emailed Action News with similar concerns. The stretch of Vegas Valley Road near the waste water treatment plant does not have sidewalks; construction forces some to walk in the street.
"There's no sidewalks or a crosswalk. Considering the fact that it's in the area of two schools, it's very dangerous," said Devonn Chanty, a senior at Las Vegas High School.
Action News took the concerns to the city of Las Vegas, which is overseeing the project.
Turns out, the road work is part of project to add solar panels to a nearby waste water treatment plant, city spokesman Jace Radke said. As part of the changes, crews will add sidewalks and street lights to part of Vegas Valley, he said.
"My biggest fear is getting hit by a car because some of these cars, a lot of them are kids, too, that are driving," Chanty said.
Radke said construction is expected to wrap up by February.