Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 | 11:35 a.m.
Clark County officials broke ground today on a new pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip aimed at increasing both safety and traffic flow.
The $16.9 million project is being constructed between Park MGM and the Showcase Mall, which sits in front of the MGM Grand. An average of 60,000 vehicles daily travel on that stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, according to the county.
Clark County officials say it will help improve traffic flow when people leave events at the T-Mobile Arena.
“Las Vegas Boulevard has thousands of pedestrians and vehicles on it almost around the clock,” Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson said. “This bridge will make the Strip even safer for everyone who visits our city. Pedestrians will be able to freely cross the boulevard high above the traffic, and drivers won’t have to sit through the traffic backups we see today whenever the walk sign goes on.”
The bridge will be the 17th on The Strip, with the first built in 1995 at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Like other existing pedestrian bridges on the Strip, this bridge will have escalators and elevators on both sides. It is expected to open in July.
Additionally, the county has been placing steel bollards on areas of Las Vegas Boulevard to ensure the safety of pedestrians walking along the Strip. By the end of February 3,800 bollards — which can withstand the impact of a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph — will be in place
The Associated Press contributed to this report.