Four Strip pedestrian bridges to be upgraded by 2017

2 July 2015

The oldest of the pedestrian bridges that crisscross the Strip will be overhauled in a $26 million upgrade that will be paid for by the people who use them most — Las Vegas tourists.

The Nevada Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to upgrade the four pedestrian overpasses at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

About 130,000 people a day use the bridges to access MGM Grand Las Vegas, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Excalibur Hotel and Casino, and Tropicana Las Vegas.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., working with Jacobs as engineer and Studio West as architect, will replace 16 escalators, four at each corner, with state-of-the-art equipment, while installing low-energy glass and air-conditioning units to the elevators. Aesthetic improvements call for placing new tempered glass wind screens and polished aluminum panel cladding along all four bridges.

“This project will greatly improve the safety and efficiency of pedestrian traffic flows at one of the most active pedestrian corners in the state,” Lynette Russell, the Transportation Department’s assistant chief of project management, said in a statement. “It will also create a sleek contemporary look consistent with the newer pedestrian bridge crossings along Las Vegas Boulevard, injecting some new glamour to the Strip.”

The bridges are 165 feet long, 16 feet wide and have 17-foot clearance heights. Existing bridges are 21 years old, but there have been frequent failures in the escalator systems.

Work is expected to begin in early 2016 with completion by mid-2017.

When the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority discussed the project earlier this year, board members were hopeful it could be completed before the opening of the MGM-AEG arena just west of New York-New York. That won’t happen, since the arena is scheduled to open in 2016.

During the discussion, blame for delaying the start of the project was placed on operators of the Tropicana who wanted to incorporate the bridge landings into the property’s retail complex.

Funding for the project is coming from the convention authority, which is mandated by the state to provide revenue to the Transportation Department for transportation projects beneficial to the tourism corridor.

The authority collects most of its revenue from room taxes and leases to trade show producers using the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Related Links
Nevada Online Gambling
Excalibur Hotel and Casino Details
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Details
Tropicana Las Vegas Details
New York-New York Hotel & Casino Details
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Gaming Vendor Information


Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.
Featured Vendors
Casino City Press
TribalHub
Casino City Press
A leading publisher and distributor of casino and gaming business data and market research reports.
TribalHub
25th Annual TribalNet Conference Sept 16-19, 2024 Westgate Las Vegas
Top One Tech Limited
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Top One Tech Limited
Global Touch solution partner of choice, 10+ years OEM manufacturing, 100,000+ units application
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Your one stop shop for all your gaming and OEM needs!
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Casino Network
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Leader in creating award winning player & employee loyalty programs & events proven to increase ROI
Casino Network
20+ years experience selling refurbished slot machines, parts & glass for all major brands
Shenzhen ZhengYuanTai Technology Co., Ltd.
AmericanChecked
Shenzhen ZhengYuanTai Technology Co., Ltd.
14 years experienced gaming display manufacturer: open frame, curved, and halo monitors
AmericanChecked
Background checks for the gaming industry with key & non-key packages & fingerprinting solutions
Dable Advisory & Consulting Services
Regulatory Management Counselors, PC
Dable Advisory & Consulting Services
Advisory & consulting services services for Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses & organizations
Regulatory Management Counselors, PC
Over 45 years of experience serving the legal and regulatory needs of casino industry clients
Casino Schedule Ease
Imagine This
Casino Schedule Ease
Full Featured & customizable for the complex scheduling needs of table games & other casino depts
Imagine This
Imagine This #1 Source for Player Gifts. Over $50 million in stock ready to ship! Let us serve you!
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
Slot Machines Unlimited
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
The biggest little show in Indian gaming! Save the date: August 12-14, 2024 Oklahoma City
Slot Machines Unlimited
Exporter of IGT, Williams, AVP, Trimline, Aristocrat, Konami, Bally, & parts over 20 yrs experience
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
With over 800 tables in 150+ casinos, EZ Baccarat is the number one brand in baccarat.
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
Specializing in the creation of best-of-breed gaming graphics - slot glass, sign faces, and more
Texas Slots & Gaming
Players Pal
Texas Slots & Gaming
Wholesale gaming reimagined. Texas Slots & Gaming is your sustainable gaming partner.
Players Pal
Revolutionize the way you connect with your casino players with the Players Pal mobile app


Your Guide to 14,944 Gaming Industry Suppliers