Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 | 12:14 p.m.
A pedestrian bridge over the Strip near the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is on track to get an escalator to help reduce congestion.
The pedestrian bridge connects the shops to the Cosmopolitan and CityCenter, and already has an escalator on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard South.
But that escalator only lets pedestrians exit to the south. The planned escalator would also be on the east side of the Strip, but would feed to the north, helping eliminate an often “circuitous” path for pedestrians, Miracle Mile Shops President and General Manager Russ Joyner said.
“It’s for ease of access along the Strip,” Joyner said of the new escalator. “We pride ourselves on the pedestrian experience and this will enhance that.”
The escalator plan is working its way through Clark County’s permitting process. It was approved by the Paradise Town Advisory Board on Tuesday and will go before the County Commission in late September.
“I think this will greatly help because there’s a real bottleneck there,” Paradise board member Susan Philipp said.
The escalator construction will coincide with construction of a pedestrian bridge across nearby Harmon Avenue and construction on a retail center anchored by a Walgreens that will sit adjacent to Planet Hollywood.
Joyner estimated the escalator would be finished by early spring, pending county approval.