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Commissioners discuss pedestrian safety on The Strip

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 12/04/2012 12:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Changes are coming to the Las Vegas Strip.

On Tuesday, Clark County Commissioners will discuss the recent pedestrian study that identified more than a dozen potentially hazardous walkways. News 3's Gerard Ramalho has more information.

The commissioners have a had a couple weeks to review the study and already they're coming up with some suggestions.

They'll take up the matter at this week's commission meeting, but today we're already hearing that there is some agreement that adjustments and upgrades will need to made.

Tourism is the lifeblood of the Las Vegas economy and while we all encourage as much tourism as possible, keeping those tourists safe is also a priority.

Congestion on The Strip prompted county leaders to commission a study on pedestrian walkways in the resort corridor from sidewalks and crossings to obstructions and disabled access. It was all observed and analyzed.

"It kinda confirmed what I saw myself," said Commissioner Chris Guinchigliani, who is among those convinced changes are overdue. She recently visited The Strip with a disabled resident who had her navigate certain areas, while in a wheelchair.

"Maybe we should look at a new product at resurfacing all the sidewalk, so we have better disabled access," Guinchigliani said. "If you're a mom or dad pushing a kid in a stroller, if you're on a walker, making sure everything is available for everybody."

The study identified 17 sections along a four-mile stretch that exceeded capacity. These are are identified as choke points and potentially present a hazard.

Also included in the study were hand-billers, panhandlers, news and magazine racks. All of which may soon fall under different regulations.

Commissioners are expected to offer their own suggestions when the commission meets on Tuesday.

There may most likely be a continuance on the portion that deals with news and magazine racks and the commissioners say that's a separate issue on its own.

As for when we can expect to see the improvements and changes, Commissioner Guinchigliani says that this may happen by early next year.
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