What's taking so long for construction to finish on Valley View near Sahara?
Residents and drivers are frustrated by construction cones on Valley View.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The orange cones outnumber the cars on Valley View Boulevard near Sahara. When it comes to construction work, drivers say they are frustrated.
"It's a mess. You never know which lane is going to be closed, which lane is going to be open," said Barbara Riley, who frequently drives in the area.
It's not just drivers that are fed up.
"It seems to go on and on," said Doris Lubovich, who lives near Valley View and Oakey.
Doris said construction signs and cones have blocked her driveway for weeks. Frustrated, she turned to Action News.
"I've put up with quite a bit of this," she said.
The construction company, Las Vegas Paving, said work to add one lane and sidewalks started back in November 2011. They say work on the project is already complete, but we're told a variety of factors led to delays south of Charleston.
For one, power lines and poles. The construction company says utilities needed extra time to move the poles, making way for the expansion. Another issue is obtaining land for the expansion. The company said the $24 million project is currently about eight to twelve weeks behind schedule.
"It seems to me like it's taken an extra long time," said Barbara.
The paving company says the end result will be worth it, reducing congestion in the area.
The construction company said it's working with area businesses to keep them informed on the schedule.
Work is now expected to finish by mid-June.