Construction project in northwest Las Vegas raises safety concerns for nearby worshipers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – People who attend St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, located on Fort Apache and Centennial Parkway, said people were crossing the parking lot and using it as an alternate route to avoid the building nearby.

“I personally was hit about two or three times by people crossing the parking lot at full speed,” said a faithful who did not want to be identified.

A man who did not want to be identified goes to church daily.

He said that over the past month he has noticed people crossing the church parking lot to avoid a Las Vegas Valley Water District construction project located on Fort Apache and Centennial Pkwy.

“We also have a retirement community across the street, and they also come here to pray with us and it just seems unfair and dangerous,” said one worshiper who did not want to be identified.

FOX5 placed a camera in the parking lot and captured car after car driving through the area.

“The Las Vegas Valley Water District is working with the church (St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church) as we would any neighbor to address concerns. We have increased signage emphasizing awareness of business access only,” said Corey J. Enus, senior public information coordinator for the La Vegas Valley Water District.

Construction of the project will continue until mid-October while the water district continues to build a reservoir and pumping station in an effort to conserve water.

‘I understand it sucks to go all the way to the intersection and see it’s closed, but maybe have some consideration for the people using that building,’ said a worshiper who did not want to be identified. .

The church told FOX5 that it has no opinion on this issue at this time.

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