Laughlin’s Casino Drive Rehab Planned Clark County Plans Multi-Million Dollar Improvements, Property Owners Mull Over Sharing In Beautification Project Two projects involving Casino Drive, a rehabilitation project and a proposed enhancement project, are aimed at improving the safety, attractiveness and “curb appeal” of the township.
Casino Drive from the Laughlin Bridge at Nevada State Highway 163 to just south of Harrah’s Laughlin is the main segment of roadway targeted in both projects.
According to Clark County Public works officials, the rehabilitation project has been “very inclusive and thorough” during the last two years of planning and design.
“The project is approximately 2.25 miles in length and includes pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction, selected traffic signal modifications and installation of a portion of a traffic interconnect communication system,” explained Clark County Public Works Director Denis Cederburg.
“The project also includes raised medians, new signing and striping and reconstruction of sidewalk ramps, if necessary.” It is expected to cost $8.2 million without contingencies and construction is set to begin February, 2010.
Public Works Principal Civil Engineer Roy Davis said contractors must schedule the rehab project in tandem with more than $3 million worth of water and wastewater improvements.
His department has written specifications so that “contractors understand that construction must shut down and button up for the Laughlin River Run Motorcycle Rally in April and any other large special events.” “It may be that the water line and sanitary work will occur on the south end of the job but would shut down during major events so paving would start in earnest after the April River Run,” Davis said.
“Those utility improvements include rehabilitated pipes, manholes and the installation of a 42-inch water main.” According to Tim Mc Coy of GC Wallace, the roadway design consultants, conduit, pull boxes and fiber optic cable will be installed along the new Casino Drive.
“We will tie Casino Drive into FAST, which is a surveillance system that is designed to both monitor and control traffic,” Mc Coy told property owners at a recent meeting in Laughlin.
“One travel lane in each direction will always be maintained.” Mc Coy said the rehab project is divided into two segments.
The first segment is from Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin to the Colorado Belle Casino and the second segment will be from the Colorado Belle to the Laughlin Bridge.
Total construction time is expected to last 240 days and the project is fully funded by tax dollars.