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Las Vegas Strip Will Soon Get a New Safety Feature

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday told their staff to begin taking bids for the installation of hundreds of steel posts between the street and sidewalks along the Las Vegas Strip.

“This one is really a matter of life or death,” Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said. “We’re going to have an event, whether it’s a medical episode or a DUI, where a car could get up onto that sidewalk.”

County public works director Denis Cederburg said the initial project will entail installation of 700 posts on intermittent segments of Las Vegas Boulevard between Spring Mountain Road and Tropicana Avenue.

Altogether, the posts will shield about 3,200 feet of sidewalk from vehicles coming off the road. That will include areas in front of the Bellagio fountains, Harrah’s and the Paris Las Vegas.

The project could be completed as soon as Dec. 1. Cederburg said the county has discussed installing another 500 posts if it identifies areas of need.

The posts, called bollards, will reach 15 to 18 inches beneath the ground and be anchored by interconnected, underground steel frames. The bollards will be 3 to 4 feet tall and strong enough to stop a flatbed truck traveling 55 mph, Cederburg said.

The project will be opened to bidding on June 26. Commissioners expect to select a firm to complete the project at their regular July 18 meeting.