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Upgrades Set For Pedestrian Bridges At Strip And Tropicana

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pedestrian bridges linking four Las Vegas casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip at Tropicana Avenue are getting a $26 million upgrade.

The Nevada Department of Transportation said Wednesday the renovated bridges linking the Excalibur, New York-New York, the Tropicana and MGM Grand casino-hotels will be under construction starting 2016 and are expected to be finished by mid-2017.

Agency spokesman Tony Illia says the concrete and chain-link fence structures were the first pedestrian bridges built across the Strip 21 years ago and have 130,000 people traversing them every day.

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The new bridges will feature aluminum and glass similar to newer bridges on the Strip. The agency says it will add air-conditioning to glass elevators and replace all 16 escalators.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is paying for the construction.