Signs highway construction almost done |

Signs highway construction almost done

Kurt HildebrandThe new crosswalk signs along Highway 395 at Tenth Street in Minden translate to yield here to pedestrians, indicating where cars should stop.

Workers should be done with an 18-month repaving project on Highway 395 stretching from Minden to Carson City by the first week of November.

“All the major work is done,” Nevada Department of Transportation Spokesman Scott Magruder said. “The working days are done, and all they have to finish is some curbing in front of the Carson Valley Inn and some other clean-up work to get it the way we want it.”

Work will be suspended during the Nevada Day holiday on Friday and Saturday.

Accompanying the new pavement is a set of brand new signs, including a new sign to indicate where cars should stop for crosswalks.

Replacing the old yellow signs that said stop here for pedestrians, the new signs are more graphical.

“They are new to the Valley,” Magruder said. “They have been used elsewhere.”

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Magruder said the new signs are part of a response to increase pedestrian safety on Northern Nevada highways.

“Pedestrian hits are really up,” he said. “They are a reminder to yield to pedestrians. We’re doing more because of the safety factor. It’s a busy road and the amount of traffic there can definitely be dangerous for pedestrians.”

Contractor Teichert Construction received the $12.9 million contract. They began work in August 2011 on a basic overlay to replace the top 2-3/4 inches of asphalt along 15 miles of highway.

The last time Highway 395 was resurfaced was in 2000.

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