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NHP concerned about Northern Beltway crashes

Posted at 6:33 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 15:01:54-05

Head-on crashes are a major concern on the Northern 215 Beltway, not just for drivers but for Nevada Highway Patrol.

Cars use the roadway much like an interstate at high speeds and there's no center divider, making chances of survival much slimmer if your car goes into oncoming traffic. There's been several fatal crashes just within the past few months.

"We've had a lot of deadly crashes out there," said NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

In addition, there's road work along the Northern Beltway and with that, reduced speed limits.

"Construction equipment with the flashing lights or tow truck, you're required to slow down or at least move over a lane," Buratczuk said.

Crews are in the process of installing a much needed center median to the Beltway, which will hopefully reduce the number of head-on crashes in the area. They're also widening the Beltway, installing flood control and adding better lights.

Construction started in November 2014 but the end is near with it scheduled to conclude before summer.