When you think of traffic in Summerlin, it’s tough to not think of the intersections at 215/Charleston. Major casino and shopping traffic, a bike and pedestrian path having to cross the roadway, it’s madness. Well Clark County is hoping to fix that.
The County unveiled new renderings on Tuesday that will help separate pedestrian and bike traffic from the busy road. The plan is to take the existing path and create an underpass that would veer off and travel underneath the Charleston Boulevard bridge, alongside the 215, and rejoin on the other side. The county will have to dig a tunnel under the off and on ramps, but don’t worry about a creepy dark tunnel. They intend for the entirety to be lit.
Bicycling has been increasing in popularity over the years. Charleston Boulevard with it’s connection to Red Rock Canyon is particularly popular with bikers. The 215 Beltway trail is also among the valley’s most popular.
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The need is great for all involved, resulting in less pedestrian/bicycle and car interaction on the road. That means a safer and faster commute for everyone. This year has been a fairly deadly one for cyclists, with nine being recorded through last month. Last year through the first 8 months there were only 4. With more people driving post-pandemic, and an ever increasing bicycling population, the numbers are sure to grow from here if appropriate action doesn’t take place.
Clark County expects the project design to be finalized by the end of the year and for construction to get underway next year.
Ranked: Nevada Among Top 10 States With Worst Road Rage
We all have our road rage tendencies. Some of us are milder than others, but we all get aggravated when we get cut off by another car. It’s human nature. However, some of us respond in more confrontational ways than others. I usually keep it together pretty well and try to be understanding. We all make mistakes. But when a fellow driver sharing the road does something absolutely idiotic, I am not afraid to lay on the horn. It’s there for a reason, right?
According to a new survey from Forbes Advisor, some states are home to more aggressive drivers who struggle to maintain their composure behind the wheel than others. This survey counted actions such as horn honking, rude gestures, and aggressive behaviors due to road rage. And, of course, after analyzing 10 key metrics from a survey of 5,000 drivers across the nation, Nevada‘s community of licensed drivers earned our state a spot on yet another top 10 list.
Driving in Las Vegas is literally one of the scariest everyday tasks I complete. I always wonder before a drive if I’m going to make it safely to my location. That thought runs through my mind. Everyday. There’s no way to know for certain, no matter what state you’re in or where you’re going. But the ridiculousness on our roads and the road rage that results can be pretty terrifying and puts so many in danger.
That said, Nevada is actually not the #1 state with the most confrontational drivers, according to this survey. Some of the top 10 genuinely surprised me… I wasn’t expecting to see Oklahoma pop up on the list. And I CERTAINLY wasn’t expecting the #1 state to be what it is. However, I would’ve bet my next paycheck that New York had earned a top rank. Surprisingly, they aren’t on the list.
Do you agree with this ranking? See where Nevada fell in the top 10 states with the worst road rage:
Weirdest Weather Events That've Happened In Las Vegas, Clark County
This year, Las Vegas has seen its most intense monsoon season in over a decade.
According to the National Weather Service, we haven’t received over an inch of rainfall since 2015. This year, Las Vegas received 1.28 inches of rainfall. And this abnormal weather has come with some dire consequences.
Recently, two people were found dead in a flood channel after intense rainfall in the region, according to 8 News Now.
Along with this horrible situation, social media lit up with tons of videos that showed water pouring from the ceilings of casinos or gushing through the streets of The Strip.
But the extreme flooding isn’t the only weather anomalies that have been plaguing the region. According to National Public Radio, cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Houston have set heat records almost every summer.
Tornados have even been happening in the region. The NWS reports that since 1950, there has been 42 reported tornados in Clark, Lincoln and Mohave Counties.
With all of these floods and weather occurrences happening, it’s important to know if your living area is prone to flooding. Click HERE to see if your home or property is located within a flood zone.
There’s also a few steps you can take to protect your property if a flash flood warning is sent out.
- Check your homeowners insurance because most of them do not cover floods.
- Get sandbags just in case.
- Place items above your home’s flood line.
- Flood insurance takes an average of 30 days to kick in.
- Always have an emergency kit with non-perishable goods, water and a flashlight
You also need to be weary of your vehicle’s safety when it comes to flash floods. A few seconds can lead to a whole road becoming inundated, which is bad news for your car. Here are some tips to help you navigate flood waters, so you can stay safe and keep your car protected!
- Don’t drive through flooded roads or around barricades (if they’re set up).
- Six inches of fast moving water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway.
- Keep your car in first gear with the revs high if you’re stuck in standing water.
- If you’re in the middle of standing water and your car stalls then either turn it back on as fast as you can or don’t do it at all. You want to avoid your car from “hydrolocking.”
- Try to park your car on the highest part of the road if officials issue a flood warning
Since Vegas is experiencing some funky weather amid this monsoon season, here’s a list of the “weirdest” weather events that’ve happened in Las Vegas!