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Plans in design to complete gap in Rainbow Boulevard

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Plans in design to complete gap in Rainbow Boulevard

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Feb 19, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Plans are in the works to complete a gap in a major road in the southwest part of the valley.

Clark County is currently designing a project to finish South Rainbow Boulevard, said county spokesman Dan Kulin. Currently, Rainbow suddenly ends at Mountain's Edge Parkway and then picks up again at West Erie Avenue.

"That road would help out quite a bit with getting in and out of the community," said neighbor Kevin Koval.

The street signs for Rainbow are posted, but there's no paved road in the gap. That's left Buffalo Drive as the only major road to connect several nearby communities. Last winter, Action News reported that work on the last parts of Rainbow could start by early this year. Kulin said the project is set to go to bid by September and work could be finished by 2015.

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Next, we head to South Decatur Boulevard at the 215. A viewer wants to know why each direction of the road goes from three lanes, to one lane, and back to three lanes in just over a mile. Kulin said the variations are likely the result of new developments building over a period of time and changing the road as part of individual projects. The county plans to widen the narrow parts by next year, Kulin said.

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Another driver wants to know what happened to the traffic sign on the Interstate 15 southbound off ramp at West Sahara Avenue. When Action News showed up this week, there was only a stub in the concrete island separating the merge lane from the travel lanes. We called the Nevada Department of Transportation to check it out. Turns out, there is supposed to be a "do not enter" and "one way" sign at the spot. NDOT spokesman Damon Hodge said it's unclear what happened to the sign. But after a call from Action News, NDOT has replaced the post and the signs.

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The lines weren't so clear for drivers on Interstate 15 near U.S. 95. Construction on the F Street project led to a series of lane shifts; some of the old markers were still visible, called "ghost lines." The lines confused drivers and led to safety concerns. The glare from the sun made the problem worse.

After a story from Action News last week, NDOT crews on the overnight shift went out on Feb. 13 to restripe that section of the freeway and add reflective buttons.

Michael Lopardi

Michael Lopardi

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Michael Lopardi is the featured reporter of the You Ask. We Investigate. franchise at Action News.