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Gardnerville cross over crosswalks’ progress

The tape across the finish line for the project to install enhanced crosswalks on Highway 395 in Gardnerville should definitely be red.

While an enhanced crosswalk at Fourth Street in Minden was completed, Gardnerville is still waiting for similar improvements at four crossings of Highway 395.

The town has been working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to install improved crosswalks at Kings Lane, Mission, High School and Mill streets for years.

The crosswalks will be similar the one in Minden that crosses the highway near the Arco AM-PM.

Town Board member Lloyd Higuerra said he was upset when he saw the new Minden crosswalk at Fourth Street had been installed, when the town has been waiting for years.

He said he realized the Minden crosswalk was paid for as part of the Bently Heritage improvements.

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The town applied for a grant to install the crosswalks in 2012 and again in 2015.

They are listed in the state's proposed work program for fiscal year 2017, which starts Oct. 1.

The work is expected to cost $300,456 and would include flashers and signs.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire said because the signs will be in downtown near historic buildings, the State Historic Preservation Office is involved. The crossing at High School Street is near the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The crosswalk on Mission Street is in the S-curve and nearest the gas station the town is restoring.

Those two sites are also among the main crossings for school children attending Carson Valley Middle School and Gardnerville Elementary School.

The Mission Street crossing is also where 15-year-old Tony Cooper was struck and killed by a vehicle on June 19, 1994.

That incident resulted in the installation of the yellow flashing light at the site.

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