Signal installation will lead to west Reno road closures Sunday

The intersection of West Fourth Street and McCarran Boulevard. Photo by Bridget Chavez/KOLO.
The intersection of West Fourth Street and McCarran Boulevard. Photo by Bridget Chavez/KOLO.(KOLO)
Published: Jan. 5, 2019 at 11:01 AM PST
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The City of Reno wants drivers to know of some road closures set for this weekend.

Public Works crews, in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation, will install a permanent traffic signal pole at West 4th Street and McCarran Boulevard Sunday, January 13, 2019 starting at 7 a.m. Street closures will be in place for two to three hours, according to the city.

According to a city release, "In order to safely stage the crane, crews must close one northbound McCarran travel lane, and completely close eastbound 4th Street at the intersection. It was determined by NDOT and the City of Reno that the Sunday morning time frame would create the least impact to the traveling public. It was also determined that night work was not feasible for the scope of work."

The work stems from a crash that knocked out traffic signals at the intersection the morning of January 5, 2019. NDOT and the city installed a temporary signal at the intersection until the permanent signal could be installed.

Until Sunday morning, the city continues to suggest drivers avoid the area during peak travel periods, such as morning commutes.

The crash involved the driver of a Tesla hitting a traffic light pole, causing a car fire that led to a small brush fire.

The crash injured the driver, who was taken for treatment for minor injuries. Police say she hit the pole after failing to keep the vehicle in the lane. The investigation of the crash continues.