Centerville Lane work wrapping up soon-ish |

Centerville Lane work wrapping up soon-ish

The cones that have blocked off the northbound lanes of Centerville may be gone in time for today's commute.
Kurt Hildebrand

The end is in sight for a $1 million road project that has reduced the main route between Gardnerville and the Ranchos to one southbound lane.

State transportation officials announced that the permanent closure of the northbound lane of Centerville between Highway 395 and Waterloo Lane was completed on Friday. The “highway to heaven,” home to three churches, has seen some single lane closures since Monday as work continues 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Traffic flaggers will alternate directions of traffic through the work zone, with up to 20-minute delays possible. Crews will complete utility and roadway concrete, striping and signage work.

“When complete later this spring, the project will create sidewalk and bike lanes on both sides of the road from approximately one-quarter mile southwest of Highway 395 in downtown Gardnerville to the northern intersection with Waterloo Lane,” transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese. “As part of the project, the Centerville Lane bridge over the Cottonwood Slough has been widened to add bike lanes and sidewalk across the bridge.”

“The project will ultimately become part of future planned sidewalk and bike path improvements to connect the Gardnerville Ranchos with area parks and community centers,” Ragonese said.

Q&D Construction conducted the work, which improves Centerville Lane for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well up to 5,000 motorists who travel the road daily. The road improvements are funded through local funds and the federally-funded Transportation Alternatives Program aimed at improving nonmotorized mobility and other aspects of transportation.