South Carson Street project planned for $10.3 million – Nevada News

South Carson Street project planned for $10.3 million – Nevada News

The project to redo South Carson Street now has a price tag: $10.3 million.

The figure is a rough, planning level estimate and likely higher than what the project will end up costing.

“There’s 25 percent contingency in there. Hopefully, it will come in much lower than $10 million,” said Brad Bonkowski, chair of the Regional Transportation Commission, at the commission’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

The estimate comes from Kimley Horn, Carson City’s design consultant on the complete streets project that will take Carson Street between Fairview Drive and Highway 50 West down to five lanes and add a pedestrian and bicycle path.

The city is taking over that portion of the road from the Nevada Department of Transportation once the freeway bypass at Spooner Junction opens.

The ribbon cutting for that is set for July 22, when pedestrians and bike riders will be able to ride the new freeway extension before it opens to auto traffic.

As part of the road transfer, NDOT is giving the city $5.1 million to be spent on the project to redo South Carson Street.

To further fund it, the city has $1 million from the 1/8 cent sales tax for infrastructure, $750,000 from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternative Program, and money from the Surface Transportation Program Block Grant from the federal government through NDOT.

At the meeting, the RTC approved a cooperative agreement with NDOT to add 12 battery backups and 239 retro-reflective backplates at traffic signals throughout the city.

The dozen battery backups are being installed by the city this year to signals at the most highly trafficked…

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