Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project


The Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project was a key initiative in the revitalization of the Historic Westside in Las Vegas, an area known for its rich diversity, history, and community.

This project, a part of the City of Las Vegas’ Historic Urban Neighborhood Design Redevelopment Plan, aimed to transform Jackson Avenue into a safer, more accessible, and vibrant corridor for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

The new 'Historic Westside' sign at U.S. 95 and Martin Luther King Blvd stands as a beacon of pride and cultural heritage, welcoming visitors to the revitalized Jackson Avenue.
Key Features

Jackson Avenue, more specifically the stretch between C Street and H Street, underwent significant street and streetscape improvements.

The sidewalks were widened to 15 feet and 70 trees were added for shade, along with a new irrigation system.

Intersections have been enhanced with bulb-outs to make pedestrian crossings safer and shorter, using concrete ramps.

The road itself was completely repaved and reconfigured from four lanes to two, with upgraded dual luminaire streetlights improving visibility for both pedestrians and drivers.

Shared-use bike lanes were added for bicyclists, and signage and striping were updated to enhance safety and clarity.

The project also included the installation of smart city fiber-optics conduits, replacement of waterlines, and coordination with private utility providers and adjacent property owners.

The newly revitalized Jackson Avenue, featuring widened sidewalks, shade trees, bike lanes, and upgraded street lighting, transforming the corridor into a safer and more vibrant area for the Historic Westside community in Las Vegas
Construction Management

Under the supervision of the City of Las Vegas as the construction manager and UNICON as the contractor, this project was finished on time and under budget.

Safety was a top priority, with weekly safety meetings, progress discussions, and other meetings being used regularly to mitigate risks.

Public and worker safety was maintained throughout, and the project had a record of no lost time incidents or injuries.

Construction underway on Jackson Avenue, showcasing the extensive roadwork, as part of the revitalization efforts.
Community and Environmental Considerations

Regular communication with residents and businesses in the area, along with signage to ensure business recognition and responses to public concerns, was vital to the project’s success.

A block party was hosted to celebrate the completion of the project and highlight the future potential of Jackson Avenue.

Environmental considerations were a major focus of this project. Cold pavement coverage was increased by 30%, over 70 trees suitable for arid desert climates were planted to reduce water use, and the use of energy-efficient LED lighting was installed to reduce energy consumption.

The construction team adhered to environmental regulations for dust control and stormwater pollution, with no dust fines being issued.

This project faced and overcame several challenges, including managing grading and pavement issues caused by a nearby fire and installing utilities for future businesses.

The newly finished sidewalks on Jackson Avenue feature widened pavement, shade trees, upgraded streetlights, and signage.

The Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project exemplifies the City of Las Vegas’ dedication to revitalizing key areas in innovative and sustainable ways.

This project has already prompted new economic development and is expected to continue enhancing the community, making it safer, more vibrant, and accessible for residents.

In 2024, Wood Rodgers’ won the 2024 Project of the Year Award for Transportation over $5M from the Nevada chapter of the American Public Works Association for the Jackson Avenue – H Street to C Street Project.

Megan Berry (right) and Mike Davidson (middle), engineers who worked on the Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project, accepted the Project of the Year Award for Transportation over $5 million from the Nevada chapter of the American Public Works Association. They are pictured with Brian Rowley (left), the APWA Nevada Secretary.