Pedestrians still waiting for safety upgrades at northeast intersection
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Pedestrians say they're literally running for their lives across a northeast Valley intersection.
More than nine months after Action News first brought safety concerns to the county and state, some pedestrians want to know why changes haven't been made at East Lake Mead Boulevard and North Sloan Street.
"My husband and I both have almost been run over here," said neighbor Sherry Koch.
The intersection has two crosswalks and crossing signs. But Koch believes the crossing needs a flashing light, if not a traffic signal.
"It's dangerous," said Koch. "When you talk about the most dangerous crosswalks in the city, this one is. And it's marked with the little white lines but that doesn't do anything for anybody."
On our previous visits to the intersection in June, 2012, Action News captured a rear-end collision as someone tried to cross Lake Mead. That same month, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins and the Nevada Department of Transportation said they would review the intersection for possible safety improvements.
"We're going to fund part of, if not all of, flashing lights here for a fire station and pedestrians," Collins told Action News in June, 2012.
Nine months later, no flashing lights. Pedestrians once again turned to Action News to find out why.
Turns out, NDOT is responsible for Lake Mead, while the county owns Sloan, said NDOT spokesman Damon Hodge. NDOT is still looking into the matter, and has gone back and forth with the county over who might do what there, Hodge said. Action News asked what was taking so long but could not get a clear answer.
The state agency said it reviews all reported traffic concerns; in some cases, requested changes are not warranted, but Hodge said he did not know if that was the case for Lake Mead and Sloan.
Action News also called and made a visit to the county building but was unable to reach Commissioner Collins.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said they have not recorded any fatal accidents at the intersection in 2012 or 2013.
Still, neighbors worry someone may eventually get hurt if nothing is done. Action News plans to follow up with the county and state to see if the intersection may get a signal and, if so, when that could happen.