Las Vegas area bridges and overpasses in good condition

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In light of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh, viewers might wonder how our local bridges and overpasses are faring with maintenance and repair.

“It was a bit hectic. As you can see, it is a very busy intersection. A lot of traffic.”

Darvin Matallana knows the intersection of East and US-95 very well. His company, Superior Insurance, is not far from there. During the nine years he worked there, he saw more people move in.

“Lots of new residents coming from all over. Different states and thank God we are growing,” he said.

To keep up with this growth, upgrades are underway, such as the overpass at this intersection that many customers pass through and through.

“I know they update it and finally after more than 50 years. It’s really good and seeing our tax dollars working for us,” he said.

This is tax money the Nevada Department of Transportation uses to work on two bridges over the US-95 overpass at Eastern and Desert Inn. They also happen to be the only two in the valley considered by NDOT as structurally deficient with works already planned to rebuild them. NDOT says less than 2% of the bridges it maintains across the state are considered structurally deficient, which is the best in the country. The agency says a big reason is the lack of extreme weather that other states face.

“We are going at the right pace there. Update everything and have a good reputation for our bridges, which is good,” Matallana said.

He says that while building the bridge near his business might be annoying to navigate, he’s glad it happened in the first place.

“I’m waiting for this to happen and to happen and I think it will benefit everyone,” he said.

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