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(Las Vegas, KXNT)- Residents in southwest Las Vegas woke up to some great news on Monday morning.  After months of pushing for change, their request for a traffic signal at Blue Diamond Road and Cimarron Road has been granted.

During the Nevada Department of Transportation Board Meeting, Director Rudy Malfabon told board members their traffic study concluded the intersection justified a traffic signal.

“As you get to the intersection there are a lot of lanes to cross and it’s high speed so I felt the traffic signal is going to be the best solution at that location.  That’s what the community wants and we feel that if traffic is stopped, it’s safer for pedestrians, ” said Malfabon to the NDOT Board of Directors.

The study further showed crosswalks and pedestrian push buttons are needed on Blue Diamond at both Durango and Buffalo.

“It wasn’t anticipated at the time that there would be a lot of pedestrian activity there. Now, as they have developed the commercial property there and more residential…a lot more folks are crossing at those existing signal light intersections as well as at Cimarron, ” stated Malfabon.

Malfabon says estimated cost hovers around $1 million dollars total.  He was confident he could secure federal and state funding by the end of the week.

For state Senator Justin Jones, today’s announcement was a victory.  He has helped push the need for a traffic signal by holding community meetings with NDOT leaders, law enforcement as well as residents.

“I am absolutely elated.  I think this is really a tribute to the family of Helen Liu who lost her life at that intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron and I’m really encouraged by the fact that the governor and the board are committed to doing this as quickly as possible,” says Sen. Jones.

Construction on the project will take several months.  Malfabon told the board he believes the crosswalks and pedestrian push buttons can be completed by the end of summer.  The traffic signal, however, will take longer due to design efforts.  Malfabon is hopeful to begin construction on the signal in the fall.  In response, Governor Brian Sandoval stated he would like to see the project expedited.

Board member Tom Skancke also spoke up, saying he would like to see a more extensive study done of the growing area so they can make sure they remain proactive as opposed to reactive.

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