December 21, 2009 

I hope all of you are gearing up for a very happy holiday and a Happy New Year! We have been able to accomplish great things this year and I know the best is yet to come in 2010.

It is exciting to see the progress being made on the Martin L. King Boulevard improvement project, between Alta Drive and Carey Avenue. The 2.5-mile project started in March 2008 and is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2010. When the $45 million project is completed, Martin L. King Boulevard will become an efficient and much-needed corridor for north-south travel and I truly believe it will be one of the most beautiful Martin L. King roadways in America.

As we approach the end of 2009, I want to share our accomplishments to date and to provide you with an overview of the construction activity that can be expected in 2010.

As you know, work is underway to widen Martin L. King to three travel lanes in each direction. The improvements also include extensive utility relocation and the installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps, storm drainage facilities, landscaped median islands, street lighting and traffic signal improvements. To date:

  • The new traffic signal at the Martin L. King - Discovery Drive intersection is in service
  • Martin L. King is widened between Alta and Vegas Drive/Owens Avenue
  • The Martin L. King ramp is open for motorists to travel north on U.S. Highway 95
  • The U.S. 95 southbound exit ramp to Martin L. King is open
  • Road and traffic signal improvements at the intersection approaches to Martin L. King, from Discovery, Bonanza Road, Washington Avenue and Vegas/Owens are completed
  • Many new median islands have been installed

The next phase of the project will include roadway widening and related work items between Vegas/Owens and Lake Mead Boulevard. Work in this area is slated for completion in February. Then, new and remaining road improvement work will take place between Lake Mead and Carey, and this work should be completed in April or May. Crews will return to do the final paving of the entire length of the project in the spring when there are warmer temperatures.

Traffic lane restrictions and lane shifts will continue as work progresses. Most work will take place during the daytime hours with two travel lanes in each direction being maintained. Work will also take place in the overnight hours at some locations and Martin L. King may be reduced to one travel lane in each direction in those areas. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as the city of Las Vegas works to improve Martin L. King Boulevard. If you have questions, please call the Martin L. King Boulevard Project Hotline: (702) 253-2336.

Wishing you and your family, a happy, safe holiday season!


Ricki Y. Barlow, Councilman
City of Las Vegas Ward 5