Las Vegas CBS KXNT – A brass quartet provided ceremonial fanfare, and two fully-costumed ballerinas were poised to greet city dignitaries as they arrived. A bundle of jumbo balloons was released into the sky. Las Vegas knows how to party, even if we’re just inaugurating a concrete span from one parking lot to another.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman was flanked by Congresswoman Dina Titus, two city councilmen, and Smith Center CEO Myron Martin as she made the first official walk from one end to the other.
The $4.5 million pedestrian bridge crosses over the railroad tracks, linking the City Hall parking garage with the Smith Center’s lot. City officials say it will be a safe-and-easy stroll for folks who want to have dinner downtown — let’s say at Oscar’s Steakhouse — and then attend a Smith Center performance without moving the car.
The railroad tracks have been a barrier to direct access. Before the new bridge, a theater patron would have gotten back in the car at the city hall garage after dinner. He’d exit the garage onto Main Street. A right turn onto Bonneville would lead through an underpass. At the other end, Symphony Park would be on the right. A lot of energy to cover very little ground.
The bridge was built with $400,000 from the city’s general fund. The balance came from federal sources.