Safety upgrades planned for downtown intersection
Improvements are heading to a downtown Las Vegas intersection after neighbors raised safety concerns.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Improvements are heading to a downtown Las Vegas intersection after neighbors raised safety concerns.
Drivers said confusion is partly to blame for the issues at 4th Street and Gass Avenue. Traffic on 4th is one way and does not have to stop. Traffic on Gass goes both directions and stop signs are posted on each side of the intersection, but the sign on the west side is roughly ten feet from the intersection.
"You'll hear tires screeching," said Robert Crisman, who works for a business at the corner and has seen his share of close calls.
Other neighbors turned to Action News in April hoping the city would consider making the intersection a three-way stop.
"When I'm upstairs working and hear a crash, first thing that comes to mind is somebody got hurt," said Pat Snead in an interview last month.
The city of Las Vegas said it completed a traffic study after Action News requested the review.
"We want to make sure what we have out there is working the way we would like it to work," said O.C. White, city traffic engineer.
White said an additional stop sign on 4th is still not warranted, but crews plan to move one sign on Gass closer to the intersection. The city also plans to install flashing lights on both stop signs and ask a nearby business to trim trees to improve visibility.
"I think it'll make a difference because it'll give people a chance to come up where they need to stop, stop with the understanding they have to yield the right of way and proceed forward," said White.
Action News asked Crisman if he thought the changes would make a difference.
"That'll make a big difference," said Crisman. "Most certainly make people more alert, more aware of what they're coming up on."
The intersection has seen four crashes over the past year, including three injuries, said city spokesman Jace Radke. The changes are expected to be in place in about a week.