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Nellis & Lake Mead a danger for wheelchairs

Nellis & Lake Mead a danger for wheelchairs

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Nov 29, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're taking a look at another dangerous crosswalk in the valley. This one has a twist.  People on two feet may be safer than people who need three wheels.

Action News was on scene when Mary Caruthers was nearly mowed down by a car in a crosswalk at the corner of East Lake Mead and Nellis on Tuesday.  She was driving her motorized scooter.  She says near-misses happen all the time.

The crosswalk on East Lake Mead doesn't have curb ramps. To get to it, Mary has to use ramps for the Nellis crosswalk, and roll around the corner.  She tells Action News, "That crosswalk is bad because I have to go into the street and people aren't expecting you to come from the side and around."

Mary says timing is also a problem.  She says, "With me crossing Nellis from the west to the east, by the time I get off the ramp and into the crosswalk the walk signal has changed in numbers."

Federal guidelines require curb ramps to flow into painted crosswalks. What's not clear is whether each corner must have a ramp as they do at the intersection of Sahara and Durango.

By the time Mary and people with kids in strollers or kids in grocery carts activate the pedestrian crossing sign at East Lake Mead and Nellis, and access ramps they don't' want to use, they're almost out of time to use the crosswalk they do want to use.

Mary says, "If I'm going down to Kmart, even down to Walmart or Smiths, I ride my scooter. And of all the crosswalks I've been across. this is the worst one for someone in a scooter."

A county spokesman says the crosswalks at East Lake Mead and Nellis are under N-dot's jurisdiction, but the county maintains them. They were installed before the Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect in 1990, but the spokesman says, they will be added to the list of intersections to be upgraded as funding becomes available.

We'll keep you posted.

If you're concerned about a crosswalk, send an e-mail to  Be sure to include your phone number.


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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.