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Groundbreaking on SR 160 seeks to make it safer

Posted at 8:34 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 23:34:55-04

A big safety improvement project has begun on Blue Diamond Road, between El Capitan Way and Fort Apache Road.

Folks who live in Mountain's Edge have been asking for improved sidewalks and traffic lights for many years on what is also known as State Route 160. In fact, the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley has grown significantly in population over the last decade.

13 Action News has followed problems along Blue Diamond Road for many years. In November 2013, 14-year-old Helen Liu was killed crossing the street near Cimarron Road. A month later, a woman died in a crash near El Capitan Way. Another man was killed in a hit-and-run crash at Cimarron in March.

The new, roughly $2.3 million-dollar project is spearheaded by Nevada Department of Transportation. The project aims to improve safety for anyone walking in the area and also for drivers.

Also this week, the RTC is celebrating "Infrastructure Week" and reminding drivers to be aware of construction workers this week out in the many construction zones peppered around the valley.