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West Plumb Lane Project Completed

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West Plumb Lane is open, after being closed for almost a year, except to local traffic. Construction was happening between Ferris Lane and South McCarran Blvd.

"They perpetuated the country-style roadway that was here before and I think that's what a lot of the neighbors wanted," Jerry Hall, neighborhood resident said. "We'll have to wait and see how functional it becomes, over time."

Residents were involved in the design of the street, that includes new curbs and gutters, and a concrete path for both pedestrians and cyclists.

"People are coming out and walking and bringing their kids out and enjoying the neighborhood from a different perspective than behind the wheel of a car," Lee Gibson, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission said.

The two-lane street also has a parking lane, and of course, new pavement.

"Made it smoother, no more potholes," Charle Varble, neighborhood resident said. "But it's also increased traffic and of course it's a thoroughfare, now. But it's beautiful."

Charle and Duane Varble have lived in the neighborhood for 45 years, watching Plumb Lane change from a country road to a city street.

"It was a city, whether we had the new road and all the sidewalks and all that, anyhow," Duane Varble said. "The traffic had already started using it as a thoroughfare. So now, it's a nice thoroughfare."

The $6.5 million project includes a new sewer line for residents along the street, who had been using septic tanks. That line will eventually extend into neighborhood.

"It's going to be a long process, getting it all the way where it needs to go, but it was a real big first step," Jenny Brekhus, Reno City Councilwoman said.

Community mailboxes are new to the neighborhood, and opinions vary on the landscaping. But overall, the residents we talked to like their new street.

"A lot of pluses, not too many minuses," Hall said.

Officials say the upgrades make the area safer, not just for drivers and pedestrians, but for kids.

Many of them ride the school bus that comes through the area.

Written by Paul Nelson

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