Problems delay completion of construction of Meadowood Interchange

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Updated: 4/15/2012 5:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -The busiest intersection in Reno, at South McCarran Boulevard and South Virginia Street, won’t be as busy pretty soon. But it won’t be as soon as the Nevada Department of Transportation had hoped.

“Especially during the holidays, we get a dangerous situation when southbound traffic starts backing up onto the freeway on the South Virginia Street exit,” says NDOT Spokesman, Scott Magruder.

The new interchange at Meadowood Mall Way that will connect South Virginia to Kietzke lane was supposed to be done in June or July. Now it won’t be done until September or October. It’s due to a problem with the shafts that will carry the load for the freeway bridge.

“We just got behind with the shafts and it wasn’t something that was real easy to make up time,” says Magruder.

There are only 70 working days left in the contract between NDOT and the project’s lead contractor, Las Vegas-based Meadow Valley Contractors Inc.

NDOT will be holding meetings with the contractor this month and will decide whether or not to charge that penalty once the completion date gets closer. When News 4 spoke with Meadow Valley Contractors, they said they had no comment.

So hopefully you won’t have to stare at red brake lights when you should be shopping on Black Friday.
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straitshooter - 4/16/2012 10:28 AM
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I am trying to like you NDOT, but you've got too many projects and few that are complete. These infrastructure upgrades, while important should have been staggered projects. NDOT projects are choking the regular and seasonal commuter and business traffic hurting our livelihoods and our tourism. Between meadowood, the wells on ramp, the downtown I-80 freeway corridor, the downtown freeway exit... we have too many major projects rolling at once and its causing havoc. Then its demoralizing when you drive by projects and see no activity AKA Wells on-ramp. A rather simple project that could be completed within 30 to 60 days will instead be pushed to 120-300 days because of delays? C'mon NDOT lets hustle, Nevada needs safe & working roads!
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