Carson City seeks community input on East William Street project with poll and town hall meetings | Carson City Nevada News
February 1, 2022 – 8:00 am
Carson City is launching the East William Complete Streets project and is seeking community input via a survey and two town hall meetings on February 1 and 8.
Project planners and engineers want community input before starting the design and as part of the feasibility study. The scope of the feasibility study begins at North Carson Street and continues east to the I-580 interchange, approximately 1.5 miles. The feasibility study will examine features such as safety, beautification, traffic operations, and improvements for bicycles and pedestrians.
A survey and interactive feedback map is available on CarsonProud.com here.
To tie the project to the community, Carson City Public Works partnered with Carson High School’s Advanced Graphic Arts class to design a project logo. Students submitted 23 logos and the City project team voted on which logo to use to promote the project. Scroll through the photos to see the logo.
The city will also host two in-person events, at the Carson City Community Center, to receive feedback. Attendees will be asked to follow current Covid guidelines. The events are:
— Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
— Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Meetings will be held in the lobby of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E William St, Carson City.
In November, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that she had helped secure $9.3 million in funding from the Department of Transportation for Carson City’s East William Street project.
Carson City was selected as a recipient of the $9.3 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The RAISE program focuses on investing in surface transportation projects that will have significant local or regional impact and is one of the most competitive discretionary grant programs in the country, resulting in a ratio of approximately ten to one between the demands and the dollars available in that country. cycle of the year.
The East William Street Complete Streets project was one of 90 projects awarded across the United States, according to a Dec. 1, 2021, press release from Carson City.
The funding will be part of an estimated $17.4 million construction project used to transform East William Street from a former state-owned freeway into an efficient multi-modal street. Stretching from Carson Street in the west to the I-580/William Street interchange in the east, the project will provide road, bike, pedestrian, safety and beautification improvements in one of Carson City’s main trade corridors, the statement said.
Context of the William Street project
NDOT relocated East William Street to Carson City after I-580 was completed. Prior to the freeway’s construction, East William Street was a national highway, US Highway 50, serving as the primary route for moving vehicular traffic quickly through Carson City. The current carriageway is wide, with high-speed traffic, and there are few facilities for bicycles or pedestrians. In some sections there are no sidewalks.
While traffic has decreased since the highway was completed, accidents have increased. The lane count remains the same with four lanes west of North Carson Street and six lanes on I-580. Blocks are long and intersections with protected crosswalks are infrequent.
The result is a vehicle-oriented corridor with only minimal accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists. Project planners and engineers are working to transform the corridor from a high-speed vehicle throughput into a destination road shared by all users, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians; otherwise known as a full street.
Earlier this month, the Carson City Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Nichols Consulting Engineers of Reno for feasibility and design services for the East William Complete Streets project.