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The main drag into Boulder City is set to receive a $17.5 million makeover.
Work on Boulder City Parkway, where U.S. Highway 93 reaches Boulder City, will begin Monday and includes a bevy of improvements.
Landscaped medians, new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, pedestrian crossings and more will be added to the stretch of Boulder City Parkway between Veterans Memorial Drive and Buchanan Boulevard. The road turns into Nevada Way northeast of the intersection.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Department of Transportation and Boulder City are funding the project, which is expected to be completed in May.
Boulder City will pay almost $600,000 to remove and replace an aged section of the sewer main, replace water services and install new fire hydrants along the route. The city also will cover any additional costs for amenities such as bike racks, benches and trash cans.
Art to pay tribute to the workers who built Hoover Dam will also be part of the renovation project.
There will be eight large metal sculptures depicting the life of dam workers in the 1930s placed in the roadway’s median between Veterans Memorial Drive and Gingerwood Street. The sculptures will be similar to those featured on the Interstate 11 and U.S. Highway 95 interchange.
The sculptures will depict workers carrying their tools walking from Boulder City to work at the dam.
Also featured in the art will be a Labrador-mix puppy that was born in the crawl space beneath a Boulder City building and became known as the Hoover Dam mascot.
Dubbed “Nobody’s Dog and Everybody’s Dog,” the black Lab-mix was given a name by dam workers that could be conceived as racist.
A plaque placed at the site suggests the dog rode to and from the dam site every day with construction workers. It died when it was run over by a truck at the dam in 1942, the plaque reads.
The original plaque at Hoover Dam was removed in the 1970s following complaints that it was racist due to the dog’s name. At the city’s request, another plaque was installed that didn’t include the racially insensitive name. That plaque is still located near the visitor center.
The builder of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena has been named general contractor of the MSG Sphere performance venue being built just off the Strip.
The Madison Square Garden Company on Monday said Los Angeles-based AECOM, a multinational engineering firm with offices in Las Vegas, was selected to build the high-tech 17,500-seat spherical facility just east of The Venetian.
In addition to the 3-year-old, $375 million T-Mobile Arena, AECOM has built Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta as well as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
“We are making important progress in Las Vegas and are pleased to have added another world-class company to our team,” Jayne McGivern, MSG’s executive vice president of development and construction, said in a statement Monday.
MSG officials did not say how many workers are on the site, but analysts from Hobbs, Ong &Associates say the project will create 3,500 construction jobs and 4,400 permanent jobs once the building opens.
MSG is promising a fully immersive experience on a large scale. Inside the venue, guests will be surrounded by the largest and highest-resolution LED screen on Earth. More than 160,000 square feet of display surface — equal to three football fields — will wrap up, over and behind the stage and audience, delivering a totally immersive visual environment at a resolution 100 times better than today’s high-definition televisions.
Every guest will hear crystal-clear audio with an advanced acoustics system that features beamforming technology, enabling audio to be directed to specific locations in the bowl at a volume that remains constant, from point of origin to destination. Beamforming technology also enables multiple forms of content to be delivered simultaneously, which means two people sitting 5 feet apart could hear completely different sounds, adding to the possibility for a customized experience. In business presentation environment, that means soundtracks can be beamed to specific areas in different languages without headphones while watching the same presentation.
An infrasound haptic system will use deep vibrations so that guests can “feel” an experience, whether it’s an erupting volcano or a passing motorcycle roaring by.
The MSG Sphere at The Venetian also will ignite the sense of smell through evocative scents designed to transport audiences.
Additionally, the venue will introduce a new architecture for connectivity that will deliver 25 megabits per second for every guest, enabling a broader range of content and greater interaction.
“AECOM’s experience creating bold, innovative projects makes them the ideal partner for bringing MSG Sphere at The Venetian to life,” she said. “We look forward to working with them to deliver a truly groundbreaking experience for Las Vegas, one that will ultimately redefine the entertainment industry and serve as a long-term investment in the city’s role as a leading international tourist destination.”
MSG is partnering with Las Vegas Sands Corp. on the project, with MSG designing and building the venue and Sands providing the land. The cost of the project has not been disclosed.
The building, planned to be 360 feet tall and 516 feet wide at its broadest point, is being built on 18 acres off Sands Avenue between Manhattan Street and Koval Lane. The new performance venue will be connected to The Venetian and Palazzo at the Sands Expo &Convention Center with a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge.
After several months of securing permits and passing Clark County reviews, MSG representatives said, site preparation is nearing completion.
AECOM, through a preliminary agreement, has been working on the site since February.
Workers excavated an estimated 110,000 cubic yards of dirt and caliche from the site while drilling 595 augercast piles to secure the building’s foundation. Caliche is a concrete-hard calcium carbonate substance commonly found below the ground at construction sites.
Miles of piles
The piles securing the foundation will be drilled as deep as 75 feet. The 595 piles will result in a total of 51,324.7 feet of drilling — about 9.7 miles. A total of 2.77 million pounds of rebar are being used to reinforce the piles.
Crews also are excavating up to 21.5 feet deep for the basement of the Sphere structure.
“We’re excited to partner with The Madison Square Garden Company to deliver a next-generation venue in the heart of the world’s most celebrated entertainment capital,” said Michael Burke, AECOM’s chairman and CEO, in a statement Monday. “We’re thrilled about this opportunity to leverage our unrivaled construction management capabilities and expertise on the world’s most complex projects to help transform an ambitious vision into a destination venue unlike any that exists today.”
AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm that had revenue of about $20.2 billion during 2018 fiscal year.
It joins architect Populous, a leading design firm, and Rider Levett Bucknall, which will serve as project manager.
A ceremonial groundbreaking with appearances by then-Gov. Brian Sandoval, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson and Jim Dolan, chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, occurred in late September.
The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.
Gov. Steve Sisolak touted the major completion of Project Neon last week after the nearly $1 billion project was declared 96 percent finished, but there’s still some work left to do before the army of orange cones is removed from Interstate 15.
Monday’s openings of the I-15 high-occupancy vehicle lanes, the Spaghetti Bowl HOV flyover ramp and the Neon Gateway, which will connect the carpool lanes with downtown Las Vegas, mark the final major openings associated with Project Neon.
Still, the project won’t be fully finished until July, when a bevy of tasks are complete.
The area that is asked about most by readers — stretches of I-15 that are bumpy and uneven — will be addressed next month.
Crumb rubber asphalt overlay will be placed on I-15, smoothing out the ride in the area. Restriping will be done after the overlay is in place.
Asphalt overlay entails applying a new layer of asphalt to a deteriorating surface instead of tearing up the old asphalt surface entirely. The rubber in the asphalt overlay is derived from used automobile tires and then mixed in with the asphalt. The process uses the existing layers as a base for the new asphalt pavement.
The Nevada Department of Transportation needs to wait to carry out the asphalt overlay, as the temperature needs to be 80 degrees and rising for proper adhesion, said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia.
Also, the 42 active traffic management signs that span stretches of I-15 and U.S. 95 will go online by mid-July. Though they have been in place since the end of February, activating them has taken NDOT longer than expected.
“Obtaining permanent power from NV Energy and the systems integration into the FAST Southern Nevada Traffic Operations Center has taken longer than expected,” Illia said.
Aside from that work, repaving and restriping remains to be done on various portions of roads in the Project Neon area between now and late June.Freeway
— U.S. 95 between City Parkway and Rancho Drive.
— U.S. 95 southbound to I-15 southbound collector distributor road.
— I-15/Charleston ramps.
— I-15/Sahara southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp.
— U.S. 95 and Martin Luther King Boulevard ramps.
— Spaghetti Bowl ramps.
— Alta Drive/Bonneville Avenue, I-15 to Martin Luther King.
— Wyoming Avenue and Industrial Road intersection.
— Western Avenue.
— Grand Central Parkway from Premium Outlet Drive to Western.
— Charleston Boulevard from Shadow Lane to Commerce Street.
— Martin Luther King between Bonanza Road and Mineral Avenue.
— Symphony Park Avenue.
— Oakey Boulevard, Martin Luther King to Ivanhoe Way.
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