Three of four designs for the change to that intersection were presented and none of them seemed to be any that the audience would like to see implemented in the near future. The citizenry was assured that this project will not happen soon as there is no money for its completion at the present time anyway. Officials stated that NDOT and RTC try to plan projects out as much as 10 years before they are needed and someone in the audience said that if that were true then this intersection’s problems shouldn’t be happening now.
About 120,000 vehicles pass through the intersection daily. The intersection is the third busiest in the entire state of Nevada. It was mentioned that any new design should look to elevating the roadways, but this was said to be too costly, even though it would be one of the better solutions to the problem. Furthermore, it was pointed out that the bulk of the money would come from the federal government and not state or local taxes.
The neighbors’ main concern with the changes proposed for the intersection is that any of the changes would virtually cut them off from safe access onto either Pyramid Way or McCarran Boulevard.
Although the audience was somewhat hostile to the presenters and quite vocal at times, the officials from RTC and NDOT did a nice job of keeping them in control throughout the meeting.
My read on the matter is that, sure, it might be more costly to build a better road now, but in the long run it would be a great investment in our areas road system for the future. I got the feeling that the people are tired of band-aid treatments for the roads in our area and we should do a first class job in the beginning. It might take a little longer to accomplish, but it would be more beneficial in the long run to do it right now.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at email@example.com.