RENO, NV - Orange cones and barrels are popping up across the Truckee Meadows like spring flowers. Whether it's road work, or events downtown, road controls are every where. Some drivers complain that there even seems to be construction zones where there is no construction. Project Manager Brenda Lee says there is work, but during the hours you're traveling.
She says to improve traffic flow some projects are handled at night, but traffic controls are left in place during the day to keep drivers from nasty surprises in the roadway like abrupt edges and temporary lane changes.
Around rush hour a look at a Google’s traffic map shows things really start to get sticky in the heart of the Truckee Meadows. Construction affects all sides of the spaghetti bowl. Some areas of I-80 East are even reduced to one lane overnight. RTC has about 38 projects in the works for this year. That’s in addition to NDOT, city, and county construction.
Engineers say the work is necessary to reduce congestion on the areas most popular routes. In addition the work brings jobs into the community, and that has a trickle-down effect for other area businesses.
People who ride the bus will also benefit from some of the work. In two weeks a Bus Only lane will open between Meadowood Mall and Downtown Reno. That will improve route times, and reduce traffic delays caused by busses stopping to pick up passengers.