Larry Martino

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It seems like every trip you take around the Las Vegas valley, you will encounter lane closures, traffic delays, and road construction. Some residents are beginning to lose their patience.

According to an article by Madison Kimbro on, residents who live near Cheyenne and Tenaya in Northwest Las Vegas are getting upset with the road construction that has been going on there for months now. The work is necessary, as city crews are working as fast as they can to rehabilitate “several pipelines and manholes across the valley to ensure the proper working of the sewer system.” Kimbro’s article does point out that construction in this particular area is scheduled to wrap up in mid-June.

But, that is little solace for the folks who have had to deal with the lane closures and construction in that busy area. And that is just one construction site out of many around the valley. We all know that these construction crews are just doing what they are instructed to do. They work very hard in all sorts of weather conditions. Their work can be very dangerous too, especially on our Las Vegas city streets. So, when you start to feel impatient when traveling through one of these construction zones, don’t take your anger out on the construction crews. In fact, don’t act out at all. It doesn’t help.

However, I do understand those feelings of rage or anger when you consistently have to alter your travel plans to make simple trips to work, or to pick up your kids, or to run errands. I have run into some of these frustrating detours recently when crews have closed down freeway entrances on to Summerlin Parkway. I know these crews are performing necessary work, but it still ticks me off to have to change my travel plans after work.

It seems like the road work signs have been up on US95 around Centennial Hills for years now, as construction crews continue to build that huge interchange between US95 and the 215 Beltway. From what I’ve heard, the construction in that area will continue for a few more  years too.

One final pet peeve: the lane closures that force everyone on our busy streets into one or two lanes during busy traffic times, yet there are no road crews on site. No construction equipment on site either. You drive past all the cones and road work signs looking for a reason why the lane has been closed, and you see absolutely no reason. Grrrr!

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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

Summer Road Trip: 5 Apps For A Smooth Ride

There’s just something about summertime that makes you want to get out on the open highway when you have some free time.  Even when gas prices are over five dollars.  Well, before you “hit the road Jack,” you may want to consider some useful apps to download to your smart phone to make your trip more fun and less hazardous.


Where are we going?  What are we going to do when we get there?  Are we just hittin’ the road and hoping to take some mini-adventures?  These are the questions you ask yourself when planning a road trip.  helps you get from point A to point B, and according to their website: “Discover the most incredible people, places and experiences worth a detour.”


Seems like everywhere we go nowadays, there’s traffic…and lots of it!  One of the most popular apps to help you avoid traffic tie-ups is According to their website, this tool was created in 2009 “as a crowd-sourced navigation app” which can help us all avoid speed traps (we recommend you NEVER go over the speed limit), construction tie-ups, accidents, and road hazards, by working together as a traveling community.


With gas prices higher than ever, it would be good to know where you can fill up during your trip, and how much it will cost, BEFORE you hit the road.  One of the most popular apps that can help you with this is


It was an article I received from by Kate McKnight which inspired me to write this post, and I have taken most of her app recommendations to list here for you.  I don’t know a lot about cars and how to repair them.  And now that most cars are run by computers, I know even less.  It seems like most places charge you $100-$200 dollars to do a diagnostic test just to tell you what’s wrong with your vehicle.  They load the repair cost on top of that!  This tool and app is very easy to use (I purchased one recently.  I was not paid for this recommendation), and it will tell you what is wrong with your vehicle and how much you can expect to be charged BEFORE you take it in to the repair shop.


Well, 96.3 KKLZ  of course!  You can download our app and stream “the BEST variety of Hits from the 80s and more” every where you go!

Safe travels!!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas.  After programming top-rated radio stations in cities like Bakersfield, CA, Nashville, TN, and Riverside / San Bernardino, CA, he and his family decided to plant roots here in Las Vegas in 1994.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


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