SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - This week in Victorian Square, crews are replacing the aging concrete, improving drainage, and replacing tree planters in the area between Pyramid Way and 10th Street. To do that, that section of Victorian Avenue is off-limits to traffic through Friday, February 9, 2018.
"This improvement project is really important. We are excited about our downtown redevelopment," says Julie Duewel, Community Relations Manager for the City of Sparks. "It's been on our agenda and we want to get it done before the event season starts."
While all this work will make the area look nicer in the future, it hasn't been easy for drivers to get around.
"It's kind of confusing. We do get a lot of people coming down, saying 'I don't know where to park' or call and say 'how do I get there?'" says Heidi Quadrio at Blue Garter Bridal & Tux at Victorian Square. "It is confusing when you come down here because there are a lot of detours."
At nearby Cantina Los Tres Hombres, bartender Amanda Dundas says all the construction work going on around Victorian Square has impacted business.
"Tremendously," says Dundas. She says they also get calls from people wanting to make sure they are still open during construction.
But Dundas knows the area needs to be updated and says she's excited to see what the area will look like when all the work going on in front of the restaurant is done.
"It will be great out there," she says. "It will look really good."
Quadrio agrees, saying she believes it will be a gorgeous area come spring. She just wants to remind people to continue to visit the area, despite the construction.
"We are open. All the bars and restaurants down here, they're all open and ready for business so come on down," says Quadrio.
By the weekend of February 10, eastbound Victorian Avenue from Pyramid Way to 10th Street will reopen with the westbound lane remaining closed until February 14.
Duewel, with the City of Sparks, says this phase of the Victorian Square Improvement Project will be done by March 2, if not sooner.
"We're excited about our downtown redevelopment and this really is just part of it to make sure that it's just really going well and everything is ready for our event season coming up," says Duewel. "It's going to look nicer, there will be a lot more outdoor space. People can come down and enjoy themselves out here. So it's really a good thing for the businesses, if they could just hold on a little bit longer, it will be good."