ABOUT THE PROJECT
The “Reimagine Boulder Highway” project stemmed from a 2020 Multimodal Transportation Study that recommended safety and mobility improvements along the corridor. The study concluded that an overall transformation of Boulder Highway was necessary. The study’s recommendations included right-of-way relinquishments, dedicated center-running transit lanes, access lanes, dual cycle tracks, linear parks, additional mid-block crossings, sidewalks and improved street lighting.
As part of the “Reimagine Boulder Highway” initiative, the City of Henderson appreciates input from stakeholders and community members regarding these recommended safety, mobility and transit improvements.
Boulder Highway was constructed in 1931 as the primary thoroughfare linking the Las Vegas Valley to Boulder City and later became the primary route for workers building Hoover Dam at the border of Nevada and Arizona.
This project will reduce travel lanes to four, calming traffic. It will also improve access to all modes of transportation with widened sidewalks, designated bus transit lanes and enhanced bike lanes.
The City of Henderson’s Reimagine Boulder Highway project area begins at the south end of the corridor at the Wagonwheel Drive intersection and extends north 7.52 miles to the intersection of Tulip Falls Drive and Boulder Highway.
One of the main goals of this project is to change the perception of Boulder Highway from high-speed, motor vehicle-oriented roadway to a calmer, safer, travel corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit-riders and motorists through enhancing safety along the corridor. The project area also includes a high number of driveways in a relatively small area, each with roadway access, and not all crossings currently include ADA enhancements or sidewalks. The project will further enhance safety through the installation of new traffic signals, wider and better connected sidewalks, improvements to lighting, and adjustments to current signals along the corridor.
About Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
One element of this overall complete streets project is the addition of a center running Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The BRT concept is an enhanced bus system designed to be safer and faster for riders. In this configuration, different modes of transportation are separated, vehicle travel lanes are reduced to four, and buses will run in the opposite direction of vehicular traffic with shelters in the center of the roadway. With stations in the center, only one transit station is needed instead of two, and pedestrians only need to cross one half of the roadway at any time to access the station.