NDOT's report highlights ways to make Mt. Rose Highway safer

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Around 14,000 cars travel Mount Rose Highway every day and there is one specific stretch that has some worried.

"It's a dangerous intersection," said Jerry Duda, Callahan Ranch resident.

Duda drives the intersection of Mount Rose Highway and Callahan Road every day. Also, the fatal crash that killed two people in May is still fresh in his mind.

"We heard it; it was like an explosion. It was a mess, it was a terrible accident," says Duda.

An accident some in the community say could happen regularly with the growth in the area.

A few months back, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) held a meeting with community members, neighbors pleading something be done to make the intersection safer.

NDOT’s Meg Ragonese says the goal is to make every state road as safe as possible, and the Road Safety Assessment breaks down safety improvements in the short, medium and long terms.

She says the assessment recommends in the short term, more speed limits and warning message signs be installed along Mount Rose Highway to tell drivers to slow down, and make the westbound turn lane to Callahan Road closer to the center.

The medium term improvements look to add more LED lights and possibly restripe the Callahan Road intersection.

Homeowners in the area will have a chance to comment on the Road Safety Assessment December 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm at South Valleys Library.