The newest pedestrian bridge going over the Las Vegas Strip is now opened for the public. The bridge travels between Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena to the Showcase Mall. It’s located on the south end of the Strip and sits right in front of the MGM Grand Hotel.
According to Clark County the bridge took about 14 months from start to finish. It’s the 17th pedestrian bridge located on Las Vegas Boulevard. The bridge covers a very busy intersection that has more than 60,000 vehicles and over 10,000 people crossing it on a daily basis according to Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson.
“Public safety has always been a top priority for the County, and this bridge is another example of our continued commitment to protecting our residents and visitors,” said Gibson.
The bridges are just one way the County is working towards pedestrian safety on the busiest streets in Las Vegas. Over 4,000 bollards, steel poles, are being installed the boulevard to protect pedestrians from moving traffic.
In 1955 the first two pedestrian bridges were built at the intersection of Tropicana and the Las Vegas Boulevard. This was followed by the bridged located at Harmon Avenue, built in 2012. Future pedestrian bridges have already been planned, it will connect the front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino to the Planet Hollywood Resort. Construction will most likely begin in two years, according to Clark County spokesperson Dan Kulin.
Las Vegas Boulevard can expect even more pedestrian bridges in the future according to additional plans.