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Section of Second Street, Reno to Temporarily Close July 8-18

Post Date:07/03/2019 1:23 PM
Beginning July 8, East Second Street will be closed between Kietzke Lane and Giroux Street as the Nevada Department of Transportation installs a compact traffic roundabout.
Second Street will close between Kietzke Lane and Giroux Street just east of Renown Regional Medical Center beginning at 12 midnight the morning of Monday, July 8 through the end of day July 18. A marked detour will be available via Kuenzli Street. Businesses in the area will remain accessible.
Work will take place day and night to install a compact traffic roundabout at the intersection for easier and safer vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow. A small, one-way circular intersection in which traffic flows around a center island without stop signs or signals, the roundabout is being installed to enhance safety and mobility. The current intersection, known as a one-way couplet, does not allow left hand turns to and from Giroux Street and eastbound Second Street. The roundabout will provide safer access for all turns.
The roundabout is being installed as part of a continuing Nevada Department of Transportation project to install pedestrian safety improvements on Second Street. 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.-5p.m. 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
• At the Arlington and Island Avenue intersection near Wingfield Park, sidewalks will be improved and a constantly-flashing pedestrian crossing light enhanced 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.
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