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Temporary signals still in place after five years

Temporary signals still in place after five years

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Dec 21, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The more things change, the more they stay the same at a North Las Vegas intersection.

A viewer turned to Action News to find out why temporary signals are still in place at the intersection of Losee and Tropical after five years.

"It's upsetting because it's been a long time and they've had plenty of time to do this," said Lauren Rodegheir. "With North Legas Vegas growing, you'd think little projects like this would get done."

Rodegheir previously walked the intersection as a middle schooler. Fast forward five years; she said sidewalks are still missing in spots, crosswalks have faded and the temporary signals haven't changed.

The temporary signals do not have pedestrian crossing lights, leading some pedestrians to fear for their safety.

"I cannot tell you how many times I almost got nailed by a truck," said Josephine Kissel, who uses a motorized scooter to get around.

The city of North Las Vegas couldn't say exactly why the temporarily signals are still in place, but a plans are in the works to replace the devices with a permanent signal, city spokeswoman Juliet Casey said.

The economy may play a role, as well. Developers generally help pay for upgrades at intersections, Casey said. But with three out of the four lots at the intersection empty, no builders mean no improvements. Any further improvements at the intersection will have to wait for future development, Casey said.

"It just bothers me that it's been so long and they haven't really put up a permanent light or anything," Rodegheir said.

Rodegheir, now a college freshman, said she hopes she doesn't have to wait another five years to see changes.