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RTC outlines road work path for the coming year
by Jessica Carner
Apr 19, 2011 | 3833 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Nathan Orme - A break in rush hour traffic on Sparks Boulevard near Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon is an uncommon sight. Regional Transportation Commission planners want to create a connector to southeast Reno from just north of this intersection.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - A break in rush hour traffic on Sparks Boulevard near Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon is an uncommon sight. Regional Transportation Commission planners want to create a connector to southeast Reno from just north of this intersection.
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RENO — The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has a number of construction projects coming down the pipe this year that will be paid for with funds collected from local fuel taxes.

In 2010, RTC-5 was implemented to allow the RTC to obtain necessary additional funding for transportation projects by indexing fuel tax rates according to changes in the producer price index, rather than the consumer price index.

The RTC on Tuesday held its seventh annual media luncheon to discuss 2011 RTC-5 projects and to demonstrate how funds collected from fuel taxes are being used to create construction jobs, relieve traffic congestion and maintain roads.

About 40 RTC-5 slurry seal, reconstruction, grind and overlay, intersection improvement, new construction, phased construction and transit projects currently are in the works. Jeff Hale, RTC director of engineering, said these projects will create at least 600 direct construction jobs, not including those it will create at tangential entities such as supply companies.

“This is how we are keeping fuel tax from RTC-5 in the community,” Hale said.

Some of the larger projects beginning, or continuing, in 2011 include reconstruction of Socrates Drive from North McCarran Boulevard to Sienna Park Drive; construction of sound walls along Vista Boulevard; pavement reconstruction and moderate concrete work on Lakeside Drive from Moana Lane to McCarran Boulevard and Manzanita Lane from Plumas Street to Lakeside Drive; construction of a southeast connector from Sparks Boulevard to Veterans Parkway; widening of Moana Lane from Baker Lane to Interstate 590; pavement repair on McCarran Boulevard from Virginia Street to Longley Lane; and pavement repair and road widening on McCarran from Longley Lane to Mira Loma Drive.

RTC also is partnering with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) on a couple of major projects this year, including a U.S. 395 northbound widening and improvement project that has been underway for a number of years and an interchange at I-580 and Meadowood Way that was started in 2010.

NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder said motorists traveling U.S. 395 should be aware that a 55 mph speed limit is being enforced from Mill Road to North McCarran Boulevard until the widening project is complete. Granite Construction is carrying out the work on U.S. 395, and should finish by early 2012.

“We want to remind drivers to slow down,” Magruder said, adding the construction projects are improving the roadways and putting people to work.

Magruder said I-580, a freeway connection between Reno and Carson City, should be complete by 2012. The interchange at Meadowood Way, which will help alleviate traffic congestion at one of Reno’s busiest intersections, also is expected to be finished by 2012.

To see a full list of RTC-5 projects, visit the Sparks Tribune website at www.dailysparkstribune.com.
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