Roundabout in works for Centerville and 88
June 3, 2017
Construction on a roundabout at a Carson Valley intersection that has claimed three lives in less than a decade could begin next year, a state official told county commissioners on Thursday.
Work at Centerville Lane and Highway 88 is at the top of a list of priorities set by the state for Douglas County, according to Nevada Department of Transportation Deputy Director Bill Hoffman.
"Highway 88 and Centerville is the No. 1 concern," he said. "We think the best solution is a mini-roundabout. We know we need to do something now."
Assistant Director of Operations Reid Kaiser said the state is starting design wok on the intersection and could start actual construction sometime in 2018.
Public outcry over the intersection, including a petition seeking a traffic light, resulted from two collisions in a week last winter in which a woman was killed and a half-dozen people were injured.
As of Saturday, 1,718 people had signed the petition, located on change.org. It can be found by searching for traffic light at SR88.
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Three people were injured on Christmas Eve when a Chevrolet pickup pulled out in front of a Ford pickup.
Ashley Bursey, 23, was one of three people injured in a Dec. 29, 2016, collision at the intersection. Bursey succumbed to her injuries on Jan. 13.
The intersection is one of four main routes out of the Gardnerville Ranchos, Douglas County's largest community.
Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said that about 8,200 trips are made at that intersection every day.
According to the state, there have been 62 crashes at the intersection between Sept. 1, 2006 and the same date in 2016.
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.
The Centerville roundabout would be the second on Highway 88 and the third in Carson Valley. A full-sized roundabout is located at Pine Nut Road and Muller Parkway south of Gardnerville.