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Busy intersection on Las Vegas Blvd. to receive pedestrian bridges

Posted: 9:55 AM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-11 17:55:30Z

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A busy strip intersection will soon get an upgrade to pedestrian safety. There are now plans to build pedestrian bridges at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

That intersection is shared by the SLS, the Bonanza Gift Shop, and the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

According to city documents, the project is expected to cost $27.5 million, with construction scheduled to start in July 2022. Construction is expected to wrap up in January 2024.

"I am disabled," says Edgar Ortiz, who uses a walker to help him get around. "It is difficult, crossing the boulevard is difficult."

The plans come after a man was killed at the intersection last year, just days before New Year's Eve. Police say he was looking at his phone. Also, back in 2017, a 60-year-old man was killed. Police say he was crossing against the red.

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"I'm very enthusiastic about new pedestrian bridges at Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard," says Mayor Goodman in a statement to 13 Action News. "We want to make is safe and convenient for our residents and the millions of visitors who come to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer."