‘Speed cushions’ installed in one east side neighborhood

A car goes over speed cushions on a valley road
Speed cushions Photo credit Clark County Nevada

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) – Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom unveiled new ‘speed cushions’ installed along Spencer Street on the eastside of the valley Monday morning.

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The speed cushions are similar to speed bumps but are generally narrower and longer.

“These new speed cushions are intended to slow down traffic in this heavily residential area, and make the road safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and everyone who uses this road,” Commissioner Segerblom said.

During the past two weeks, 12 pairs of speed cushions have been installed along Spencer Street between Twain Avenue and Seneca Drive/Nahatan Way. This part of the County is within Commission District E, which is represented by Commissioner Segerblom.

Speeds bumps are generally not used in unincorporated Clark County, as they can slow down emergency response vehicles. However, the speed cushions are installed in a manner that allows emergency vehicles to keep their wheels on the regular, flat pavement as the drive along the street. (Each individual speed cushion is narrower than the width of an emergency vehicles’ wheelbase, which allows a driver to keep the speed cushions between their wheels as the pass over them.)

The speed cushions installation along Spencer is a pilot project for the County to see what the actual impacts are to traffic and the neighborhood. The speed cushions are attached to the road in a manner that makes it easier to remove them, if the necessary.