Motorists have surely noticed a lot of road construction happening throughout Sparks, but hopefully, this is all leading to safer and smoother travel for motorists and pedestrians attempting to get where they are trying to go in a timely matter. Here are some updates from the RTC and NDOT on major road construction projects and when they are expected to be completed:
In its October 13 update, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) announced that final paving operations are completed. “Final project improvements include permanent striping, landscape, aesthetics and raising utilities. Drivers can expect minor traffic control and daytime lane closures throughout the project corridor through November,” its website states.
The Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project is meant to help reduce traffic congestion by adding a new lane in each direction to Pyramid Way along with dedicated turning lanes on both Pyramid and McCarran. A paved multi-use path and new sidewalks help to separate vehicles and pedestrians to enhance safety.
For more information and to view live traffic webcams, visit pyramidmccarran.com.
Prater Way/Rock Boulevard Intersection Closed Oct 20-23 for Marathon Paving Weekend
As part of the RTC’s $58 million investment to connect downtown Reno to downtown Sparks, the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit project involves adding bike lanes, widening sidewalks, moving utilities underground, and adding new landscaping. To get some hardcore paving done, the RTC will temporarily be closing the Prater Way/Rock Boulevard intersections from Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 a.m. Businesses in that area will be open and accessible during construction.
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018 with the debut of the new Lincoln Line coming in 2019. For more information and updates on the 4th and Prater project, visit 4thPrater.com.
Last week NDOT announced the completion of placing the final layer of open grade paving on Glendale Avenue, using earthwork to stabilize the road base.
“We used roadbed modification for this project, using more than 34,000 tons of old asphalt recycled and reused as part of the new roadway,” says NDOT Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese. About 27,000 tons of old gravel and roadbed was combined with new asphalt to create a smooth, clean surface along with 7,000 tons of old road mixed with new materials to create a blacktop surface.
“Approximately 90 percent of the Glendale Project is completed and over the next two months we will be working on roadway striping, concrete installation on median islands, signage, and utility work,” she adds.
The entire corridor of Glendale Avenue/Second Street between Kietzke Lane and East McCarran are in the process of being reconstructed and repaved- more than 12 miles of new surface. NDOT says there will continue to be lane closures through late November and early December. One lane will be open in either direction with delays as construction continues on certain segments.
“By mid-November, drivers should see some more lanes opened up,” says Ragonese. “We’ve made a concerted effort to keep all business access (on Glendale) open during construction but if you’re not accessing a business right on Glendale then we advise you take an alternate route,” Ragonese says that delays are minimal (a handful of minutes), yet probably longer during rush hour when travelers may experience 10-15 minute waits.
“We appreciate the understanding of every business on Glendale and motorists. We have 14,000 drivers who take that route each day and this project will really improve the safety and mobility of its travelers and pedestrians,” she says.
For more information and weekly updates about the Glendale Project, visit https://glendaleproject.com.