West Fourth Street gets facelift as part of RTC program

Reported by: Jaime Hayden
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Updated: 7/30/2014 9:57 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Regional Transportation Commission is continuing its Pavement Preservation Program throughout Washoe County. The agency recently completed a small project on West Fourth Street that is already having a big impact on bicyclist safety.

RTC finished re-striping and pavement preservation along part of West Fourth Street and the improvements are saving money in the long term. "This will result in the roadway lasting twice as long as it otherwise would have," said RTC Public Information Officer Joe Harrington. "This saves the taxpayers a great deal in the long run."

The popular biking route is now more accessible between McCarran Boulevard and Interstate 80. The project cost $180,000. "Prior to this work taking place, many cyclists were actually having to use their bicycles on the line itself, that close to traffic," said Harrington. "Now they actually have a dedicated space that’s farther away from traffic, that really makes them a lot safer."

RTC estimates up to 200 cyclists use this road every weekday, including riders like Jessica Starr. She said the improvements have made her experience more enjoyable. "I've gotten a few flat tires out here on the pass, on some dirt roads and some rocks, so it’s nice to have the new paved and the larger bike lanes are great for the cars and the traffic and feeling safer when I ride out here."

Harrington also said RTC is working on a plan to improve Fourth Street downtown.
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