Las Vegas business owners worry about street median's impact
May 01, 2018 10:17 PM
LAS VEGAS, N.M. – To some, a median built just inches off the ground seems like a small thing. But for business owners in Las Vegas, they've become a big deal.
One of those business owners is Matt Martinez. He's been fighting New Mexico Department of Transportation’s plan to build a median on South Grande Avenue.
"I can guarantee you they will have businesses closing down on this side of town because people won’t be able to get to them," he said.
According to NMDOT's plans, the median will span 1.7 miles. Martinez is worried it will limit driver's abilities to make left-hand turns, meaning drivers who want to stop at a business on the other side of the street must keep driving until they can turn around.
NMDOT spokesperson Yvonne Aragon said the department has heard business owners concerns, but the project is a good thing for drivers.
"The final plans have already been completed," she said. "And once the project is done they’re going to find that it’s safer and the traffic is going to be able to move a lot smoother."
Aragon said construction could begin as soon as this summer, but Martinez has collected more than 50 signatures on a petition in an effort to make project managers rethink.
Updated: May 01, 2018 10:17 PM
Created: May 01, 2018 09:59 PM
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