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Governor weighs in on Centerville hazards

by Geoff Dornan
R-C Capital Bureau

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asked the director of the Nevada Department of Transportation to work with Douglas County residents near the Highway 88 and Centerville intersection to fix safety issues there.

Pete Sinnott, who owns ranch property there, said there are numerous accidents and injuries because the intersection isn’t safe.

“It has become since I’ve owned it a disaster zone with sometimes two-a-day accidents,” Sinnott said.

Ashley Bursey’s January death was the third at the intersection of Highway 88 and Centerville over the past 10 years, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Transportation.

There were 62 crashes and two deaths at the intersection between Sept. 1, 2006 and the same date in 2016. Bursey was involved in a Dec. 29, 2016 accident at the intersection. She died Jan. 13 from her injuries.

The other fatalities at the intersection over the past decade were Gardnerville resident Lee Ann Frances Briggs, 56, who died June 20, 2008, and Gardnerville business owner Craig William Ducar, who was killed July 13, 2011, on his motorcycle.

Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said that about 8,200 trips are made at that intersection every day.

Sinnott said his solution would be a round-about that slows drivers coming down Highway 88.

NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon said he would work with Sinnott and others in Douglas County to try fix the situation.

An online petition seeking a safer intersection received 1,704 signatures. The state has indicated it would prefer a roundabout to a traffic signal at the intersection.