Businesses along Tropicana Ave. hope $10M upgrades will make drive safer

NDOT to spend $10.5 million on upgrades to Tropicana Ave.
Posted at 8:20 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 16:02:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Drivers along east Tropicana can expect to see more and more orange cones pop up. A five-mile stretch will be getting millions of dollars worth of upgrades.

The Nevada Department of Transportation has awarded $10.5 million to upgrade a stretch of east Tropicana Ave between Maryland Parkway and Boulder Highway. The corridor was awarded the money from NDOT's state highway fund based on priority.

Plans call for repaving the asphalt, increasing turning lane widths, enhanced lighting in the area, and improved handicap accessibility. The improvements could help reduce crashes along the corridor.

"There has been quite a few accidents in the intersection," says Alison Flegal, the assistant manager at Kopper Keg East along Tropicana. "It'll be better in the long run for a safer roadway for sure."

The project is expected to begin in mid-August, with crews working from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2020.