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Highway 395 traffic getting worse

Commuters on Highway 395 between Minden and the entrance to the new freeway at Highway 50 will see their trip get worse without the approval of additional housing.

According to the draft Douglas County Transportation Plan the highway between Mica Drive and Highway 50 will drop to level of service F.

Commuters will face a similar level of service, or lack thereof, between Ironwood Drive and Muller Lane just outside of Minden.

"A significant transportation issue in Douglas County is the concern about traffic safety and capacity along the Highway 395 corridor through the towns of Gardnerville and Minden," according to the plan. "Highway 395 is the primary corridor through Carson Valley with a limited number of parallel roads that could absorb any through traffic. It also transitions into historic Main Street through the towns of Gardnerville and Minden. The county and the towns was a more pedestrian friendly downtown."

Highway 395 from Muller Lane to State Route 88 is level of service E, currently, something the plan says is unlikely to be fixed in the future.

"Addressing those issues is virtually impossible in the short-term," the plan said.

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A session to present findings of the 2016 Transportation Master Plan Update is 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Parson's Transportation Group Inc., who prepared the update to the plan, will conduct a presentation.

Highway 395 just north of Jacks Valley Road is the busiest highway in Douglas County with 38,500 average commuters a day.

Highway 50 east of Kingsbury is the second busiest at 25,000 trips a day.

The Transportation Master Plan discusses the necessary improvements to the Douglas County Transportation Network from the present day until 2040 to maintain efficient movement of pedestrians, vehicles, and other transportation modes. The meeting will consist of a presentation on the goals of the Master Plan, the findings of the update and the necessary transportation improvements. The public will have the opportunity to ask any questions and make any suggestions regarding the proposed master plan.

"The efficiency of the public transportation network is a major component to our quality of life," said Erik Nilssen, County Engineer. "We invite the public to learn about the proposed plan to the transportation network to accommodate future growth. We welcome public input, dialogue and feedback on current and future transportation issues"

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, the Transportation Master Plan Update will be presented to the Regional Transportation Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Commissioners. The public may add their input at any of these additional meetings or contact Erik Nilssen, County Engineer, at 775-782-9063 or enilssen@douglasnv.us with questions regarding the Transportation Master Plan Update or to have their comments included in the public record.

A draft copy of the Transportation Master Plan is available on the Community Development Department http://www.douglascountynv.gov/109/Community-Development approximately one week prior to the meeting.

Douglas County's population increased by 15.2 percent over the course of 14 years, which is in the middle range of Nevada counties.

From 2000 to 2014, the county issued 4,364 building permits.

Commuter patterns for Douglas County are just about an equal number of people in and out. Most commuters, 4,394, leaving the county are headed to Carson City to work in the capital.

Most of the commuters into the county, 4,046, are from El Dorado County heading into work at Stateline.

The transportation plan set a population of 70,376 in Douglas County by 2040.

IF YOU GO

What: 2016 Transportation Master Plan Update

When: 6 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: CVIC Hall in Minden