RENO, NV - The two long blocks of Moana Lane between U-S 395 and Virginia Street are among the most congested in Reno, sometimes seeing more than 30,000 vehicles a day.
So, the Regional Transportation Commission began making plans years ago to widen it from 4 to 6 lanes.
They decided to take most of the new right of way out of properties on the south side. There were a number of them.
"We've had a lot of properites to relocate, neogitaitons, settling on acquisition," admits RTC Project Manager Doug Maloy.
Though those on the north side weren't forced to leave. some decided to do so, figuring a year of construction chaos in a bad economy was more than they could survive.
Others, however, are sticking it out.
On the west end of the project, Smithworks Landscaping is losing several feet of its land to a turn lane, but they've decided to stay.
"We really like our location," says Karen
Ewing. "It's a good spot for us and we do really good business."
Demolition will continue through March, then the actual road building and the challenges for remaining businesses and motorists really begins.
Maloy says the RTC plans to have at least one lane in each direction open throughout.
If all goes well the project should be completed by this time next year.