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Crews installing new medians on Blue Diamond Road

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) —  A project
meant to make Blue Diamond safer is underway. Crews are installing new medians
near the intersections of both Rainbow and Jones.

Crews began installing the
medians at 7:30 Saturday night. The installation is part of an effort to make
this road safer after some deadly crashes over the years.

Chris Gatling drives the
busy street often between Las Vegas and Pahrump. He’s a fan of the construction..

“It does make sense
because there is so much traffic,” said Gatling.

He’ll now start passing s-curb
medians at the intersections of Lindell and Torrey Pines Drive.

The medians come after
deadly crashes at both intersections. Nevada Highway Patrol says a woman
driving recklessly on Blue Diamond hit a semi-truck turning left from Torrey Pines
in May.  Another driver slammed into a
car turning left onto Blue Diamond from Lindell in December.

These curbs will prevent
similar situations in the future, but some don’t like how this changes their
commute.

“I’ve run into that
many times where I’ve had to go a mile, 3/4 of a mile out of my way just to
make a u-turn to come back,” said driver David Emon. “Yes, absolutely that is a
hassle.”

If you’re driving through
either work zone, be cautious.  All work
should be done by 5:30 Sunday morning.