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Pedestrian Safety Improvements to Begin Monday on Second Street, Reno

NDOT, in cooperation with the City of Reno, will begin pedestrian safety improvements to Second Street in Reno

Post Date:03/08/2019 12:00 PM

A crosswalk along Second Street in RenoCARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the City of Reno, will begin pedestrian safety improvements to Second Street in Reno.

Beginning March 11 through approximately March 15, drivers will see daytime closures at the intersection of Second and Kuenzli streets between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. One direction of travel will be closed at a time, with signed detours in place. Business and emergency services access will be available.

Through summer, daytime intermittent single lane and shoulder closures, as well as traffic shifts and parking restrictions, will continue on areas of Second Street between Keystone Avenue and Kietzke Lane from 7 a.m.-4p.m., predominantly in the Riverwalk District, as the following improvements are installed:

  • Flashing pedestrian crossing signs, allowing pedestrians to activate signs to help stop traffic as they cross
  • Curb and sidewalk extensions known as bulb-outs will be installed, extending the concrete sidewalk at pedestrian crossing areas to provide enhanced pedestrian visibility, shorten crossing distances and ultimately provide an additional safety buffer between pedestrians and vehicles
  • Crosswalks, pedestrian ramps and street lighting will be enhanced
  • A compact traffic roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Second and Giroux streets for easier and safer vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow
  • At the Arlington and Island Avenue intersection near Wingfield Park, sidewalks will be improved and a constantly-flashing pedestrian crossing light replaced with flashing pedestrian-activated crossing signs
  • The sweeping right turn from southbound Kietzke Lane to Second Street will be updated for designated, safer vehicle merging

The roadway corridor travels from western Reno through downtown and commercial and residential areas before reaching the Renown Medical Center campus. In one day, nearly 4,000 pedestrian crossings were logged at five crosswalks in the corridor.

The enhancements were developed through NDOT’s Safety Management Plan. Annually, NDOT dedicates approximately $10 million in state highway funds to pedestrian safety improvements. Additionally, NDOT dedicates approximately $21 million annually in federal highway safety funds to roadway safety projects and programs.

The approximately $2 million project by Granite Construction Company is scheduled to finish in late summer.  

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