Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 | 3:16 p.m.
If you've ever stopped during busy traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard to take a photo at the famous Las Vegas "Welcome" sign you know how hard — and dangerous — it is to park.
But there's good news for shutterbugs who brave the heavy traffic to stop at the icon along Las Vegas Boulevard — a new parking lot is on the way.
A groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday for the parking lot, which will have 12 spaces to park, including two handicap spaces and spaces for two busses to stop on the median near the sign.
The new lot will be on the existing median just south of the sign, which is on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Russell Road. Construction on the $416,000 project is expected to be finished by late November, according to Dan Kulin, county public information officer.
Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid, whose district includes the sign area, said the lot should make stopping to get a photo much safer.
"Untold thousands have had their photos taken in front of the sign," Reid said. "Now they can do so without having to dodge speeding cars. I’m especially happy that we can provide access for the first time to our disabled guests."
Access to the sign has been limited since it first went up in 1959 in unincorporated Clark County.