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Roads to be discussed

by Christy Chalmers

The Nevada Department of Transportation asked, so Douglas County commissioners have prepared a list of improvements they would like included in a pair of frontage roads that will eventually connect the Indian Hills area to Carson City.

The roads will be constructed on each side of Highway 395 so north Carson Valley commuters will have an alternative to the freeway bypass that will eventually swerve through Carson City.

County Engineering Manager Eric Teitelman said NDOT plans call for the western road to extend from Jacks Valley Road at the newly-realigned Vista Grande Boulevard north to Clearview Drive in south Carson City. The road on the east will connect Sunridge Drive to Old Clear Creek Road, near the county line.

A letter slated for approval during the commission’s meeting Thursday lists seven improvements county officials would like included. They range from suggestions on how to place the signal controlling traffic from the eventual Highway 395/50 interchange to where to position the western road (as far west as possible).

Other requests are to provide underground utility conduits so power lines can be buried and to design the roads so that center turn lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks, landscaping and other urban improvements can be built.

“We’re asking them to consider it,” said County Manager Dan Holler. “We’re looking t having enough right of way to put in curbs and gutters.”

While the county doesn’t expect intensive development along the roads, Holler predicted there will be enough to support the improvements, and that serving it with frontage roads will be far preferable to routing the traffic it generates onto the highway.

“I think it will support it better than what is there,” he said. “It would help with existing property owners so they know what their access point is.”

Reduced cross traffic, in turn, would improve traffic flow on the highway.

The letter is on the commission’s consent agenda, so little discussion is expected. The commission meets at 1 p.m. at the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.