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Moana Widening Project Completed

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Moana Lane has been under construction for the past five months, effecting both traffic and business in the area.

But today, the Moana Widening Project is complete.

Local shops are expecting their businesses to grow and the city is happy to have one of its major streets back in service.

The $36 million project came in on-budget and finished six weeks ahead of schedule.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to officially open the street, which was widened from two lanes to three, in each direction.

It also offers some things that it didn't, five months ago.

"Just look around the road," Regional Transportation Commission Executive Director Lee Gibson said. "Just look at the new sidewalks, new bike lanes. Look at the design of the lanes. This is a project that's going to bring significant safety benefits to our community, significant accessibility and connectivity."

The road re-opens a major artery that makes it easier for people to get to the Atlantis and Peppermill Casinos.

Both resorts have undergone millions of dollars of improvements during the last couple of years.

It is also good for small businesses in the area, like Bobo's Mogul Mouse.

The project's early completion comes just ahead of ski season.

"Couldn't be a better time," Bobo's President Steve Sheehan said. "Add that to the fact that we're getting some nice cool weather and some snow in the mountains, things are looking normal again."

Sheehan admits, the construction did make for a tough summer for his business.

"People were a little hesitant to come down here," Sheehan said. "It was hard to get to Moana from Virginia and Kietzke Lane because it was so blocked off."

Maryann Decker is the co-owner of Consign & Design and says construction also made things hard for her business.

"It's day and night," Decker said. "It was difficult for us to even come into work. One day, the sign would say 'Turn here.' The next day, the sign would be 'Turn here.'"

Decker says Consign & Design lost about 40% of their business during construction.

The furniture and accessories store expects that to change now that the road is finished.

"We were getting about 60 people a day, in here, an easy 60 people a day and then we went down to about maybe 10 people, 10-15 a day," Decker said. "So, we see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, now."

Decker said all of these businesses will benefit from the project's completion.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is still finishing up the Diverging Diamond Interchange on Moana Lane and I-580.

That is expected to be finished just in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Written by Paul Nelson
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