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New water park raises traffic concerns with residents

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The sound of construction crews working inside the water park can be heard loud and clear. It's the noise and the traffic that has some local neighbors concerned and fired up.

Vikki Sergio is a resident in the southwest. She says she has enjoyed living there for the last 10 years. 

"It is so quiet out here at night. It's beautiful and gorgeous. You can look at the mountain, you see the sky and even the plans coming in," said Vikki Sergio.

But that image was recently replaced with construction machines and workers, who are building the new Wet 'n' Wild water park. Sergio said the project is hard to overlook.

"If you look where I normally stand to do dishes, I used to look at a beautiful mountain, now I looking at two slides," added Sergio.

She's not alone - nearby communities are concerned the water park will bring more than fun to the area.

"We already have problems when school is in session. When parents are dropping off kids or picking up. Traffic is horrible. When that water park goes in and they increase traffic it's going to make it unbelievable," said Gary Fulford, a resident that is worried over traffic delays.

A problem the Clark County School District says it's looking into. They're talking with the county and with the water park management to find a resolution to avoid problems once the park opens for business. While some residents worry about loud noise and traffic, other residents are thrilled about the new project.

"It's going to be fantastic. I imagine that we will be besieged with cars, hopefully they won't be going through the home owner's association area. Hopefully they will stick to the main drag," said Elaine Seaton.

That main drag she is referring to is Forte Apache Road. The county says they widened the road to ease traffic. One traffic survey showed the area did not need a signal light. Another study is expected to be done after the park opens.

The water park released the following statement:

"Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas is dedicated to being a good neighbor and will take appropriate action to help mitigate traffic during high traffic periods, such as our Memorial Day weekend grand opening and first few weeks of operation when we expect higher than typical visitation."

The water park project is expected to be complete for it's grand opening on Memorial Day weekend.

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