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Plumb Lane Construction Nears Completion

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Road work began on the Plumb Lane Reconstruction Project, last summer, between Ferris Lane to West McCarran Boulevard.

The nearly $8 million project makes changes to the street and infrastructure.

"The road had potholes, cracks, it was very old," Michele Dennis, Project Manager said. "What we noticed though is that it was really dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. We especially have a lot of school children that have bus stops along Plumb Lane."

Curbs and gutters have been put in and a concrete path has been added that allows both pedestrians and cyclists.

But with a 25 mile per hour speed limit, people can ride their bikes on the street, too.

But there is no bike lane and that concerns some residents.

"Especially, when you get a large truck parked on the side and then the bikers have to go around it and then there's cars approaching them from behind," Larry Cline, Plumb Lane resident said. "It's going to be kind of a problem."

Improvements include a new water system, storm drain, sewer, and retaining wall.

The Regional Transportation Commission says residents helped determine the new look.

But there are still some complaints, ranging from the landscaping to the new community mailboxes.

Residents used to have their mail delivered to their house.

"The street's beautiful, the sidewalks are nice but I'm a little concerned about the way traffic is going to flow," Cline said.

Some small business owners near McCarran Boulevard have told us the road's closure kept customers away.

Two have closed up shop since construction began.

"We understand that construction is hard on everyone," Dennis said. "We do the best we can to get everyone in and out but it does have it's hardships."

Dennis says despite some resistance to changes, most residents will like what has been added.

"In the end, once we're gone, I think it will be a really great benefit for the public," Dennis said.

The road should be completely paved by the second week of April and the project should be done by the end of next month. That's when RTC plans on having a community event when people can come down and check out the final product of this construction project. And then also, RTC can thank the residents for their patience.

Written by Paul Nelson
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