Road fixes improve access for wheelchair users
Road fixes in the northeast part of the Valley are improving access for wheelchair users.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Road fixes in the northeast part of the Valley are improving access for wheelchair users.
Clark County stepped up to fix large bumps along Carey Avenue near Lamb Boulevard after Action News made some calls.
"They were out here shaving it down and they were going up and down the road looking for other spots," said wheelchair user Bruce Rickard.
Finally, it's smooth sailing for Rickard. But it was a different story last week. Rickard and his wife had problems crossing Carey because of large bumps along the edge of the road. The asphalt has raised up at least an inch, if not more, where the pavement meets the concrete curb.
"Getting across these things in wheelchairs ain't easy and with my wife pushing from behind, she can't see," said Rickard. "The front of my wheelchair will bottom out at the intersection."
For Rickard, the problem is not only an inconvenience, but a safety concern.
"I'm afraid, a number of these places, I'm going to get tossed out into the street and somebody's not going to wait," Rickard said.
Rickard said he tried calling the county to report the problem but got tired of waiting on hold. So he called Action News. We reported the problem to the county, who came out two days later to fix the problem.
Action News asked Rickard if he was surprised to see the county address the issue so quickly.
"Very much so, especially because it only took two days," Rickard said.
Clark County said it has not had a paving project on that section of Carey in roughly ten years. The asphalt pushes against the concrete, causing it to raise up over time, said county spokeswoman Stacey Welling. Crews shaved down the pavement at several area crossings to improve access for wheelchair users, Welling said.
"Keep doing a good job," said Rickard. "There's a lot of streets in this county that are like this."
Welling said members of the public can report road problems to email@example.com or by calling (702) 455-6000.