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Work on Victorian Avenue set to begin June 22
by Jessica Garcia
May 01, 2009 | 664 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Victoria Avenue east from El Rancho Drive to 21st Street will be under construction starting June 22.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Victoria Avenue east from El Rancho Drive to 21st Street will be under construction starting June 22.
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Beginning in June, the Regional Transportation Commission next month will begin the first phase of a project to rehabilitate Victorian Avenue between El Rancho Drive and 16th Street and continue later in the summer on the stretch between Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard.

On June 22, the first part of the project will begin with patching and sealing of the roadway from El Rancho to 21st Street. Then, RTC will perform reconstruction of the roadway from 21st Street to Rock Boulevard, which involves a microseal to 16th Street. This portion is expected to be completed in about 25 working days.

The second portion of phase one, which is expected to run from August to November, consists of pulverizing through the existing pavement of Victorian from Pyramid to McCarran. According to RTC, lane striping for bike paths and parking preservation will also be considered.

Traffic, however, will be limited along Victorian during these months, project manager Warren Call said.

“One of the features of these two projects is what we call a road diet,” Call said. “Presently there are four lanes and we’ll take it down to two lanes, one in each direction with bike lanes and a center turn lane throughout the whole section.”

Call said there will be one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes so drivers can travel from the downtown area toward the Sparks Marina. Call said the usual construction mitigations can be expected during these months.

“We’ll have signs out and be working with the businesses to make sure (their customers) have access and we’ll maintain traffic in each direction,” Call said.

He said he didn’t expect any night construction work to take place because the work would be so close to neighborhoods.

The El Rancho portion will cost a little more than $500,000 and the Pyramid part will cost more than $1.8 million, but the corrective work will create savings for the RTC for the next 20 years, Call said.

“There are three types of maintenance work: preventive, corrective and rehab,” Call said. “We’re in the corrective mode (from El Rancho to 21st) and in the reconstructive (from Pyramid to McCarran). With the corrective, it’s a longer life of road that’s not needing rehabilitation at this time.”

RTC’s community relations and public affairs officer Michael Moreno said it will be suggested that drivers take other routes, such as Prater Way, during construction, but that the RTC wanted to make the public aware of where the work is being done.

“If they have the opportunity to take alternate routes, it would minimize the impact to their travel,” Moreno said.

The projects are being funded by the voter-approved fuel tax, Call said.

Anyone along Victorian between El Rancho and 16th who is planning to have utilities work done is asked to do so before the June start to help reduce costs of cutting into new asphalt, Moreno said.

Call and Moreno addressed the public at an open house on Thursday, but Moreno said the community will have another opportunity to view the project and give comment on traffic control issues during the summer.

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