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GM’s Corner: Construction season underway

Steve Pinkerton
GM’s Corner

Steve Pinkerton

The snow has finally melted!

And as every local resident knows, the melted snow signals the beginning of construction season!

This summer will be particularly busy, as the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will again join the County and Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) on our local streets and highways.

NDOT

As most of you know, NDOT is in the process of building a new bike/pedestrian path between Incline Village and Sand Harbor. Last summer, much of the work was adjacent (new parking) and beneath the road (new undercrossing at Tunnel Creek.)

This summer, they will be doing lots of work off-road to build the new path, but they will also be making modifications to the highway as well. Major improvements will include highway stormwater collection facilities, guardrail improvements, and emergency pull-out areas.

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In addition, they will be trenching and placing conduit for future fiber optics and information technology use, which is desperately needed in our region.

Most of this summer's work will be done Sunday night through Friday at noon, when the Memorial Point parking area will also be closed for construction staging.

Daytime traffic control will create 20-30 minute delays. There will also be some night work with lane closures for water quality improvements, which include curb, gutter, and drainage facilities.

To expedite construction, two crews will be working from opposite ends of the project.

If you were hoping to walk or bike to Sand Harbor this summer, there will be interruptions as well. Be sure to check the project website for updates: https://www.nevadadot.com/projects-programs/road-projects/sr-28. Weather permitting, project should be completed by 2019!

County

Burdick Excavating Company is under contract with Washoe County to perform the East Incline Village Water Quality Improvement Project. Beginning this week, they will be closing Incline Way between Village Boulevard and Southwood Boulevard for staging.

Work will initially take place on Incline Way from Village Boulevard to Country Club Drive, and then north on Country Club to State Route 28. Work will continue with improvements in the Mill Creek neighborhood and throughout the lower residential neighborhoods of east Incline Village.

Traffic controls are expected daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the next three months.

We at IVGID would also like to thank the county for ensuring that the work along Incline Way will not preclude the completion of the truncated pedestrian/bike path planned for this area. In fact, the county has secured grant funding to complete this path in the near future.

The county also intends to complete paving improvements on Sawmill, Pine Cone, Selby, Pelton, and a number of other Mill Creek streets beginning in late July or early August.

IVGID

We will also be completing work in the Mill Creek neighborhood this year to replace failing water mains.

In order to avoid schedule conflicts with Washoe County and to avoid cutting into newly restored pavement, the district is expediting their work this summer.

IVGID work will be on Sawmill, Pelton, Selby, and Pine Cone, and is slated to be complete by July.

For regular updates on our work progress this summer, go to our construction updates page on the IVGID website (https://www.yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/resources/construction-updates/watermain-replacement).

As most of you know, IVGID currently maintains 90 miles of water mains to deliver safe and reliable potable water to all areas of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

Unfortunately, water infrastructure doesn't last forever — and that is especially true of the corrosion and leak prone thin wall steel pipe most of municipalities (including IVGID) installed back in the 1960s.

Fortunately, IVGID has a robust annual water main replacement program.

Since 1982, the district has replaced approximately 41 miles of steel water mains in Incline Village and Crystal Bay at a cost of $17 million — not adjusted for inflation. There is approximately 6 miles of steel water mains still slated for replacement.

Happy driving this summer!

"GM's Corner" is a recurring column from IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who discusses issues and offers updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at sjp@ivgid.org.