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Ask Joe: Why are crews paving Pyramid & McCarran during rush hour?

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From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about traffic that is bothering some of our viewers.

Steve called up while he was sitting in traffic. He wants to know why RTC is paving the Pyramid and McCarran intersection during the busy afternoon rush hour.

Steve says it's causing some real traffic headaches for motorists.

Steve called around 4:30 p.m. so we sent our photographer John Linn out to check on the situation.

When John was there, traffic was definitely backed up and crews were busy paving part of the intersection.

I checked with Lauren Ball at the Regional Transportation Commission about this. Ball says temperatures have to be 60 degrees or above in order to do the paving work.

Because we've had some pretty chilly morning temperatures lately, crews haven't been able to start paving until around 10 a.m. That's why crews are still working during the afternoon rush hour.

Here's the good news: The paving is expected to wrap up on Friday, October 13. So this major reconstruction project is finally coming to an end.

Yes, it is an inconvenience, but we're close to the finish line here. Ball also wanted me to let our viewers know they appreciate everyone's patience with this project.

A ribbon cutting is planned for early November to officially unveil that newly redone intersection.

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