Driving You Crazy: Artwork along valley highways

LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks who is responsible for the large, desert-themed characters erected along U.S. 95 and how much they cost.

A lot of this work was done with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The animal motifs reduce graffiti, control dust levels and reduce irrigation costs.

The Nevada Department of Transportation introduced its Landscaping and Aesthetics Division in 1968. NDOT officials say it makes up 3 percent of NDOT's construction budget. Although landscaping doesn't get the priority of paving, it is carefully considered.

Design concepts are shown to the public for input before construction begins. As far as the appearance, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Many people either like the designs or don't.

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