Indian Hills celebrates road’s completion |

Indian Hills celebrates road’s completion

Staff Reports

Officials from Douglas County and Indian Hills will celebrate the completion of $1.32 million in improvements to Vista Grande Boulevard, next week.

Essentially Indian Hills’ main street, the road had fallen into disrepair over the years.

The project was the first to be funded out of the county’s redevelopment district, after a settlement of litigation on a failed commercial project less than a mile away released money.

A grand reopening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Oct. 12.

Improvements include:

■ A new 36-foot wide asphalt surface from Amador to Mica drive

■ A roadway in both directions from Amador to Mica drive

■ New bike lanes making the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists

■ ADA compliant ramps at all corners, curbs, gutters, sidewalks

■ New trees and shrubs

Douglas County Redevelopment Agency funds paid for the enhancements. RDA funds must be used to benefit the specific area from which they are collected and meet certain findings that are consistent with the adopted RDA plan and Nevada law. This portion of Vista Grande will remain owned by Douglas County and maintained by Indian Hills GID.

The ribbon cutting will include speakers from the district, commissioners and staff.

Work on the road was originally supposed to occur a decade ago after the district had done sewer work on the section maintained by the county because it’s not in the district.

An agreement was approved in 2004 to spend $140,000 to work on the road as part of a deal to transfer maintenance of the road to the district.

The district determined it would be better to reconstruct the road, which nine years ago would cost $585,983.

An engineer working for the district said the road was dangerous at the time.

Toward that goal, the district asked the county for the additional money in 2006, but the county turned down the request because there wasn’t any money.

Should the Douglas County Lands Bill be approved by Congress, Vista Grande could be extended to Topsy Lane, providing an alternative route to Highway 396 all the way too Clear Creek Road in Carson City.