This week the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) launched a road improvement project to completely reconstruct Glendale Avenue between Second Street and east McCarran Boulevard. Roadside lane, shoulders and medians will be closed and from April 26 through late 2017, and there will be one-lane sections in either direction. Access points to the businesses on the corridor will still be available although on-street parking will not.
As construction progresses throughout the summer, right or left-hand turns on Glendale Avenue, Rock Boulevard, or Galletti Way may be unavailable as new concrete road surface is set. As part of this project, 18 inches of old pavement will be removed and replaced. The roadbed will then be re-compacted to create a more robust based and then topped with six inches of new asphalt to brace for the roadway’s heavy truck traffic. On the more heavily traveled roads such as Rock Boulevard and Galetti Way, a concrete road surface will be placed at the intersections for added durability.
Pedestrians will also enjoy new smooth walking surfaces on the pathways located on the north side of Glendale Avenue between Kietzke Lane and McCarran Boulevard east intersection. New sidewalk ramps and pedestrian crossing buttons will be added to enhance safety and mobility for those on-foot. Enhanced drainage improvements will also help preserve the storm water quality passing through the state’s roadways.
Granite Construction will be completing the $14 million project which will improve the Glendale Avenue transit to support up to 14,500 vehicles and daily commuters, including many commercial vehicles and semi-trucks. The money to complete this project comes from the State of Transportation Fund.
“It’s basically a fund derived from the state gasoline tax that drivers paid at the pump,” says NDOT Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese. The tax dollars help go back into improving the roads and there are usually big and small projects planned out through NDOT, RTC, and other agencies.
“A lot of our projects (in Sparks) revolve around completing ADA improvements like installing crosswalk ramps and installing more accessible pedestrian traffic buttons,” says Ragonese. She added that these smaller roadway projects will be upgraded in future years spanning from I-80 to the Highway 395 eastern loop.
The public and the businesses specifically are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the Glendale Reconstruction Project and how that may impact their organizations, along with other upcoming NDOT construction projects. This information meeting will be held in a breakfast/open house format at the Granite Construction parking lot located on 1900 Glendale Avenue on April 26 from 7 to 10 a.m.
This will be the first time that Glendale Avenue has been repaved since 1995, not including minor resurfacing and touchups in some areas. More information is available at https://glendaleproject.com and commuters are encouraged to sign up for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a participating Glendale Avenue business. People are also welcome to sign up to receive real-time construction updates at www.nvroads.com.