Valley’s worst regional roads could get work
One of the worst regional roads in Douglas County will cost up to $2.5 million to repair, according to county officials.
Waterloo Lane between Centerville and Highway 88 requires full reconstruction. Douglas County has a regional road maintenance backlog that would cost $11.65 million to repair, according to a report presented to Douglas County commissioners last week.
Waterloo Lane isn’t the priciest project on the list.
That honor goes to Jacks Valley Road, which required $3 million worth of work to modify its roadbed. The county last worked on the main route along the west side of Carson Valley from Highway 395 to Genoa in 1990. It often serves as an alternate route when accidents close Highway 395 through the Valley.
Pine Nut Road requires a $2 million road bed modification and a 2-foot widening.
The fourth most expensive regional project is $1.3 million to do a 4-inch paving project on Mottsville Lane. That price tag doesn’t include widening Mottsville or working on any of the many bridges it crosses.
County officials estimate 154 local roads requiring work would cost up to $40 million. In all, the county maintains 177 miles of paved road, 43 miles of road coated with grindings and 17 miles of gravel or dirt road.
Maintaining those roads at their current level would cost $2.8 million a year, while eliminating the backlog would require $4.8 million a year.
According to the county, no funding has been identified to support local road maintenance.
Funding for regional roads is in better shape with $2.3 million annually budgeted, which is nearly enough to improve them, and just $600,000 a year short of being able to eliminate the maintenance backlog.
There will be an additional source of money for road construction that will become available when the $3 million highway bond and the bond for the Stateline parking garage are paid off over the next five years, which could provide more than $500,000 a year.
Next month, county commissioners are scheduled to discuss additional sources of money to pay for the connectivity plan, including increasing the gas tax by 5 cents, increasing sales tax and increasing utility taxes.
The $4 million that could be raised after all three revenue sources eventually come into play would be used to leverage grants and bonds to pay for bypasses at Stateline and Minden-Gardnerville.