LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is performing a $26 million upgrade to the 21-year-old pedestrian bridges at Tropicana Avenue (State Route 593) and Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the construction manager at-risk, with Jacobs as engineer and Studio West as architect.
"These are the first and oldest pedestrian bridges in Southern Nevada," said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. "These structures serve 130,000 pedestrians a day, making them the busiest crossings in the state."
The project will replace 16 escalators (four at each corner) with new state-of-the-art equipment, while installing new low energy glass and air-conditioning units to the elevators. Aesthetic improvements call for placing new tempered glass wind screens and polished aluminum panel cladding along all four bridges. The project is being funded by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
"This project will greatly improve the safety and efficiency of pedestrian traffic flows at one of the most active pedestrian corners in the state," said Lynette Russell, NDOT's assistant chief of project management. "It will also create a sleek contemporary look consistent with the newer pedestrian bridge crossings along Las Vegas Boulevard, injecting some new glamour to the Strip."
The 16-foot-wide, 165-foot-long concrete-and-steel structures each have 17-foot clearance heights. The bridges provide crucial connections between the MGM Grand, Tropicana, Excalibur and New York-New York hotel casinos. Construction activity is being carefully phased and coordinated with resort events and activities in order to minimize disruptions and public inconvenience. Improvement work will begin in early 2016, with anticipated completion by mid-2017.