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YA Mailbag: Park fence, 215 paving and speed bumps


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YA Mailbag: Park fence, 215 paving and speed bumps

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Oct 28, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Silverbowl Park is getting a new look, thanks to roughly two miles of black fencing.

"I was heartbroken because I come out here every other day, 12 months a year, to enjoy the park," said park visitor Talus Knight.

Knight said he does cardio exercises at the park. When he couldn't get answers on the changes, he emailed Action News.

"It definitely doesn't give me warm fuzzies looking at it," Knight said. "It definitely sends a message of 'keep out. You're not welcome.'"

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said that's not the case. Kulin said the roughly $1.3 million project will help keep vehicles off the soccer fields and allow crews to close off the park in sections to replant the grass. 

The project may look familiar; just a few weeks ago Action News reported on a nearly identical fence going up at Desert Breeze Park. The county gave several of the same reasons for installing that divider. 

Like it or not, the Silverbowl project should be finished by January and the county said both parks are still open to the public.

No one likes sitting in roadwork. Some drivers are wondering when the construction project on I-215 near McCarran International Airport will finally wrap up.

The original plan called for repaving to finish around Saturday. Now, county spokesman Kulin said work on the freeway should finish by Monday night and work on the ramps to Windmill Lane should finish by Wednesday. The county said crews decided to complete the ramp work as part of this schedule which required additional time.

Where are speed bumps allowed? That's the question from a viewer after a story on Action News last week about some people who would like the bumps in their neighborhood.

Answer: it depends on where you live. The city of Henderson allows speed humps, which are wider than speed bumps, in certain commercial areas, city spokeswoman Kathy Blaha said last week. Clark County allows the humps on some private, commercial roads as long as the fire inspector signs off, according to the county fire code.

The city of Las Vegas allows speed humps on some public streets, city spokesman Jace Radke said in an email. Private streets in the city can get them as long as they meet requirements and the homeowners association covers the cost, he said.

Most communities in our area do not allow speed bumps on public streets because they can slow emergency vehicles. 

Las Vegas city has about 400 humps on roads, Radke said. They can cost up to $5,000 each to install, including signs and markings, he said.