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Tahoe highway pedestrian safety project work continues this week

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — State transportation officials will be working at key Highway 28 intersections through the end of this week, and some traffic impacts are expected.

The highway will be periodically reduced to a single lane in areas of County Club Drive and Northwood Boulevard in Incline Village between roughly 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Friday, with flaggers alternating directions of traffic.

This traffic impact is part of a nearly $300,000 Nevada Department of Transportation project to enhance pedestrian safety in town; work began in fall 2015 and is anticipated to be completed in the coming months, weather dependent, according to NDOT.

Project plans include:

• Installing pedestrian crossing warning signs with pedestrian-controlled rapid-flashing beacons at crosswalks in Incline.

• Adding street lighting and sidewalks ramps, as well as enhanced pedestrian crossing signs in advance of crosswalks.

• Adding left turn lanes from County Club to 28, with new traffic detection systems to help drivers get through the intersection.

• Relocating the crosswalk on 28 west of Village Boulevard (near Christmas Tree Village) closer to the existing Tahoe Area Regional Transit bus stop and pedestrian crossing points.

The project stems from roughly $10 million in state highway funds NDOT is dedicating to pedestrian enhancements in the Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe areas this year.

There were 69 pedestrian fatalities in 2014 on Nevada highways, according to NDOT, 11 of which occurred in Washoe County. Compared to 2009, that’s nearly double the number of pedestrian deaths on Nevada roads, when 36 fatalities occurred.

Visit zerofatalitiesnv.com/pedestrian.php to learn more about NDOT’s highways and safety tips.

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