Closing the unfinished gap on South Rainbow Boulevard
The housing boom brought plenty of new homes and roads to the southwest part of the valley. It also left an unfinished gap in one major roadway.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - The housing boom brought plenty of new homes and roads to the southwest part of the valley. It also left an unfinished gap in one major roadway.
A homeowner turned to Action News to find out when Rainbow Boulevard will be extended to close the gap between Mountain's Edge Parkway and West Erie Avenue.
With a gap in Rainbow, drivers said Buffalo Drive is the only major road in and out of the Mountain's Edge communities.
"If we had an emergency we couldn't go straight through to get down to Blue Diamond. We'd have to go all the way around," said Shirleen Kirkpatrick, who was visiting relatives in a nearby home.
Kirkpatrick said the issue is a safety concern.
"I have a great grandson here. It frightens me if I need to get out and can't," said Kirkpatrick.
For homeowner Cameron Christiansen, the gap in the road is an inconvenience.
"The frustrating part is because you do hear rumors of them actually putting Rainbow through," said Christiansen.
Action News turned to Focus Group Properties for answers; the company helped develop the community. They said extending Rainbow is part of the project plan and will happen eventually.
Mountain's Edge plans to extend the road in phases in a joint effort with Clark County, the developer said in a statement. Mountain's Edge could begin work on its part of the project by the end of the year, or early 2014.
"We would like for them to finish so we can go straight through on Rainbow," said Kirkpatrick.
Until then, the plot of land remains the crossroads between the community and its future.