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Work begins to reopen "F" street

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Work begins to reopen "F" street

CREATED May. 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday evening to officially kick off work to reopen "F" street.   

The city of Las Vegas closed "F" street in 2008 as part of the Interstate 15 widening project. 
That led to protests from the historic, predominantly African-American west Las Vegas neighborhood.  Many felt they had been shut off from downtown Las Vegas without warning.
Their fight with lawmakers led to a 2009 state mandate to reopen the street and have the City of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada split the bill.
Now the West Las Vegas community can benefit from the economic rebound happening on the other side of I-15.
Community activist Trish Geran says, "The traffic that's coming from the new downtown, we hope that it comes through our area. We're hoping that we will start to develop, and we will, because any time you have an opening there's a connection."
The project will cost nearly $14 million dollars. It includes bridge structures over "F" street, and new sidewalk, landscaping and lighting.
For more information, you can visit the City of Las Vegas website or the Nevada Department of Transportation.