LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why three main roads to thousands of homes north of the 215 Beltway in the northern part of the valley are closed for construction.
The beltway, a 53-mile stretch of road that circles three-quarters of the valley, was completed in 2003. It was hard to predict how fast the valley's population would grow. County officials say the bigger beltway was needed to suit current and future traffic volumes.
Crews closed three roads near the beltway – Bradley Road, Decatur Boulevard and Jones Boulevard – at the same time to expedite construction and lessen the effect on the area. In other words, officials chose to create a shorter period of tough travel, rather than a longer, drawn-out timeline.