NDOT TO INSTALL PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON KIETZKE LANE AND N. VIRGINIA STREET
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation will begin a project April 17 to install pedestrian safety improvements on Kietzke Lane and North Virginia Street. Intermittent lane, roadway shoulder and sidewalk closures will take place on Kietzke Lane near Apple, East Taylor and Roberts streets as well as North Virginia Street at Talus and Moraine ways. The intermittent lane, shoulder and sidewalk closures will take place through early July, primarily during overnight hours between 8 pm and 6 am Monday evenings through Friday mornings. The following pedestrian safety improvements will be installed at these locations: - Electronic flashing pedestrian crossing beacons, known as rapid rectangular flashing beacons, will be installed, allowing pedestrians to activate the signs to help stop traffic as they cross the street. - Concrete pedestrian refuges will be constructed in the median (center) of certain crosswalks. These raised concrete islands serve as an additional safety refuge for pedestrians as they cross the roadway. - Sidewalks will be improved for safer and easier pedestrian travel. - Overhead street lighting will be installed in certain pedestrian crossing areas for enhanced visibility The approximately $1 million in improvements by contractor Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc. will help enhance safety for pedestrians and for the more than 40,000 vehicles which travel the roads daily. On the busiest intersection of Kietzke Lane, more than 90 pedestrians and bicyclists cross during peak times in a single day. In 2016, NDOT installed similar pedestrian safety improvements on Sun Valley Boulevard and State Route 28 in Incline Village. The improvements are part of the approximately $10 million in state highway funds NDOT dedicates to pedestrian safety improvements every year. Additionally, NDOT dedicates approximately $21 million annually in federal highway safety funds to roadway safety projects and programs.