Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pedestrian Bridge Escalator Replacement

The Nevada Department of Transportation board has approved a $35 million package to replace escalators along the Las Vegas Strip, according to an AP article.

Many of the Las Vegas Strip pedestrian bridges have frequently broken escalators. The problem has become so prevalent that it's a popular complaint among Vegas tourists.

The $35 million deal will replace 16 escalators, along with sprucing up the pedestrian bridges with structural and visual improvements. The old escalators were built in the early 90's and the manufacturer is no longer supporting them - so parts for repairs had to be custom made.

It's obviously great news that the escalators are being replaced, but I would have liked to see them better maintained in the first place. The article mentioned that Clark County has agreed to maintain the escalators after the overhaul, so hopefully they stay in good shape for the foreseeable future.