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Many Las Vegas locals know construction cones as the, Nevada State Flower, and understandable so. These cones seem to bloom all year long and it seems as if the construction in Las Vegas is never ending no matter what side of town you are on. Whether there is construction going on in front of a high school, on the surface streets, freeways, or the university, you can be sure to be very annoyed and curious about exactly why it is going on. Sometimes, after all of the orange cones are gone from one area, one is left with the pondering question, “So, what did they even do?” One may think to their selves, “Nothing has even changed,” or the worst type of thought of all, “IT IS WAY WORSE THAN IT WAS BEFORE.” Below is a picture of just that.

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There has been construction outside of my old high school for roughly four months and there is nothing to show for it. The roads are not wider, the road is not smoother, so what did they even do besides mess the road up even more? This has been an ongoing issue in the Las Vegas Valley. Family, friends, classmates, and co-workers alike have complained about the construction and the traffic that comes along with it.

I have noticed a lot of construction signs and cones put out, blocking streets and sidewalks for projects that are not even started. Now I understand blocking of an area to get ready for construction, however, three weeks and no construction has yet to start? Seems a little drastic. I speak for many Las Vegas locals when I say that we can not wait for these cones to disappear, but that could just be wishful thinking.

I shot these pictures with a Canon T3i Rebel digital camera. I simply went around the Southwest side of Las Vegas and took pictures of anywhere I saw marked with the dreaded orange cone or construction sign.

2 comments on “Orange is the New State Flower”

  1. It takes every inch of my being not to just drive down down Flamingo and take down the cones myself. Different lanes are closed every day and there isn’t a single worker in sight. It’s even worse at night when they cone it off all the way down to the bus lane and still aren’t doing any work. Tropicana is eternally under construction, the I-515 by Russell and Galleria is still under construction and now so is Russell road. Every road I take to and from work and school is coned off in some way.

  2. I loved this article because I relate to it so much. It;s so funny because I was talking to a friend about this and he told me that exact saying “orange is the new state flower.” It’s crazy how much construction is being done all over Las Vegas. Even outside of the main city, southwest like you mentioned, and up north is under quite a bit at the moment. I know that for some of these areas there is construction because the county wants to expand more, but I think its getting a little out of hand. Really great story. by the way. I especially love your photo the cone and sign up close. I’m not sure why, I think I just like that it’s a cool angle.

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