Tactical urbanism coming to Southern Nevada

Temporary design projects aimed at improving walkability to be implemented at intersections across the valley

Chicago’s Lincoln-Wellington-Southport intersection as part of the “Lincoln Hub” traffic calming and placemaking project.

A handful of intersections across Southern Nevada may soon be getting flashy makeovers.

As part of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) “Pedestrian Comfort Study,” six demonstration sites will be treated with temporary design elements this winter to field test innovative ideas for improving pedestrian comfort and safety.

The temporary features may include high visibility crosswalks, shade structures, curb extensions, bollards, and pedestrian refuge islands.

Each of the region’s six jurisdictions will be testing and implementing their own unique interventions at a specific intersection. Site locations, which are subject to change, include:

  • Boulder City Nevada Way, Ash Street, and Wyoming Street
  • Clark County (unincorporated) – Cambridge Street and Katie Ave.
  • Henderson Center Street and Warm Spring Road
  • Las Vegas Washington Ave. and J Street
  • Mesquite Woodbury Lane and Burns Lane
  • North Las Vegas El Campo Grande Ave. and Lawrence Street

After the demonstration projects are implemented, community members will be invited to the sites to interact with the new designs and evaluate their level of comfort. The community’s experience with the new designs will help planners better understand their potential for improving walkability in the region.

The “Pedestrian Comfort Study” launched in the spring to identify innovative strategies to address the challenges pedestrians face. A final report is expected to be released next spring.

The demonstration projects and study further address the goals and strategies in the Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) Regional Plan that aim to improve walkability and pedestrian safety in the valley.

To learn more about the study, or to receive alerts on when the sites will be activated, visit www.rtcsnv.com/pedcomfort.