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NDOT to meet with town leaders about traffic signals

by Christy Chalmers

Nevada Department of Transportation officials will be in Minden Wednesday to talk about two tricky intersections.

Town and county leaders are holding a public hearing on what’s required to install traffic lights, as well as other options.

The discussion was triggered by frustration about the intersections of County Road and Highway 88, near Douglas High School, and Highway 395 and Ironwood Drive, a few hundred yards north.

Douglas leaders have asked for signals at both intersections, but NDOT studies say neither meets the list of reasons justifying a light.

The County Road-Highway 88 intersection becomes difficult to cross when students are entering and leaving school, but NDOT officials say there’s not a problem at other times of the day.

A roundabout, which funnels traffic in a circle and allows cars to enter or exit from the adjacent roads, has been suggested and NDOT is willing to consider installing one, said Fred Droes, chief safety engineer.

“What we need to do is get people involved in the discussion,” he said. “NDOT does not want to be forcing anything the town or the people don’t want.”

Other options include relocating some of the high school’s driveways or posting a traffic director during the peak times.

The meeting will be at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden starting at 6 p.m.

What: NDOT officials will talk about traffic light requirements

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Where: CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden.

Information: 782-5976.