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Pedestrian study suggests revisions for the Strip

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A recent study highlights several high pedestrian traffic areas along Las Vegas Boulevard that need to be modified to accommodate its more than 3 million monthly visitors.

"It took literally to get from the Cosmopolitan to the Flamingo, it took us 45 minutes to walk," said one tourist.

Too many people and not enough room - it's common complaint from those who visit the Strip.

"What we saw from a tourist point of view was the conglomeration of people, choke points, trash. Cones from public works that had been sitting there for years. Sidewalks that weren't finished," said County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

A study was conducted in 38 locations along the Strip. Cameras were used to collect pedestrian data. During the county commissioner's meeting, the results were presented to the board.

"The pedestrian bridges, they need to be obstacle free. It's an area that's dangerous for everyone. How to maintain the elevators and escalators," added Giunchigliani.

"I have noticed the escalators tend not to work. That would be nice, when your are dressed up to go out at night," added one tourist from Iowa.

The 200-page study also points to other obstructions - traffic congestion by the Harrah's Casino and near the Caesars Palace.

Suggestions of more pedestrian bridges were discussed during the meeting, as well as resurfacing the sidewalks to support the nearly 3 million monthly tourists.

"We have always had a strong tourism industry but the volume of people that come and walk down that strip. It was 2 million 30 years ago and now its 20 million. That wear and tear adds up," added Giunchigliani.

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