Officials in Nevada have announced that work has started on what will be the 17th pedestrian bridge over the Las Vegas Strip. The new bridge will link the Showcase Mall, which is located directly in front of the MGM Grand, and Park MGM. The bridge is expected to cost $16.9 million to build and will feature elevators and escalators at both ends to make the crossing less physically challenging for pedestrians.

The Las Vegas Strip is packed with cars and pedestrians around the clock, and approximately 60,000 vehicles travel on the stretch that will be spanned by the new bridge each day. Clark County officials hope that the bridge will improve traffic flow and reduce driver frustration while providing pedestrians with a safe way to cross Las Vegas Boulevard. The first pedestrian bridge to cross The Strip was opened in 1995 at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

Authorities are also placing 3,800 steel bollards on Las Vegas Boulevard to protect pedestrians. The bollards, which are expected to be in place by February 2019, are designed to withstand the impact caused by a vehicle weighing 15,000 pounds and traveling at 50 mph. It is hoped that the bollards will prevent the kind of bus shelter accidents that have claimed 13 lives on the Las Vegas Strip since 2007 and provide a robust defense against vehicular terrorist attacks.

Experienced personal injury attorneys may approach pedestrian accident lawsuits differently when their clients were injured while walking on the sidewalk. The burden of proof in civil cases is usually placed on the plaintiff, but there are situations where negligence is assumed and the burden shifts to the defendant under the legal doctrine of res ipsa loquitur. These situations include pedestrians struck while on a sidewalk and individuals hit by objects falling from above.

Source: The Las Vegas Sun, Work starts on new pedestrian bridge for Las Vegas Strip, Mick Akers, Oct. 22, 2018