Sahara closed during bridge construction

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Sahara closed during bridge construction

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Mar 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A section of Sahara will be closed as construction crews demolish and rebuild a bridge to improve the washes in the East Valley.

18 months ago the Desert Rose Golf Course and surrounding communities were covered in flood water. 

Now the course is covered in dirt as crews work to improve the Las Vegas Wash that runs through a mile and a half of the golf course.
 
"Do you think that is needed?" reporter asks.
"Absolutely the flooding was terrible in this area.  It was just a terrible experience," Bill Gilstrap said.
 
Residents in the area have to make sacrifices to get the added flood protection.
 
Crews are preparing to demolish the Sahara Bridge that runs over the course so they can build a new longer bridge to improve water flow.
 
The road will be closed to traffic between Winterwood Blvd. & Sloan Lane.
 
That has many residents preparing for longer commutes for six months.
 
"I can guarantee you can put an added 15 minutes coming an going.  You have no other way around it," Paul Wheeler said.
 
A major concern for parents on the west side of the bridge was how kids who walk to and from school would get around the construction. That is one reason crews put in this temporary pedestrian bridge to avoid long detours during the heat of the summer.
 
"Fortunately they thought about that with the crossing," Gilstrap said.
 
Even though most residents admit the road closure will be inconvenient throughout the summer; they say it is much better than having several feet of flood water in their front yard or having to shell out extra money for flood insurance.
 
"I think it is going to be good," Joe Schreiner said.
               
"We're glad that maybe once this project is completed, we can appeal and get them to waive that," Gilstrap said.
 
If you are driving through the east side of the valley, it will be easier to use Charleston or Vegas Valley if you are hoping to avoid the construction in that area.
Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.