Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 | 11:57 a.m.
After weathering bankruptcy and the temporary closure of its hotel and casino, Lake Las Vegas is taking steps on the road to recovery.
The community’s main road, Lake Las Vegas Parkway, is getting a $1.8 million face-lift.
“Initial impressions are lasting impressions,” said Jim Coyne of Atalon Group, which manages Lake Las Vegas. “This road will give a better sense of arrival.”
The construction area is near the intersection with Lake Mead Parkway. Crews began work last week and plan to be finished by November.
When completed, the road will be smoother and pothole-free, Coyne said, and will include bike lanes in both directions. A hiking trail is also being constructed that will eventually link to Henderson’s River Mountain Loop trail system.
The project is being financed entirely by Lake Las Vegas, using money it received from lenders as part of its bankruptcy plan.
Until the project is completed, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.
Lake Las Vegas resident Bill Milone said although the increased traffic from the partial road closure is a bit of a hassle, residents think it will be worth it to have an improved parkway to help welcome visitors to the community.
“A few months to make a better representation of our community is well worth it,” he said. “It lets people know we’re vibrant and alive.”
The growth of Lake Las Vegas over the past decade caused parts of the parkway to be repeatedly torn up to lay new utilities and then patched over. Milone said he’s looking forward to finally driving on a smooth road.
A construction kickoff event today and drew homebuilders, contractors and city officials to Lake Las Vegas.
Henderson Councilwoman Geri Schroder, who represents Lake Las Vegas, said the new road would help with the development’s curb appeal.
Mayor Andy Hafen said the project is a sign of Lake Las Vegas’ re-emergence and the continued improvement of the city’s economy.
“We have all these bits and pieces around the city that are coming together,” Hafen said. “Little by little we’re pulling out of this thing.”