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Traffic Crashes Rise In Last Few Weeks on Nevada Highway

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The Nevada Highway Patrol is seeing an uptick in traffic crashes along U.S. 50 Alternate, just east of Fernley. The most recent crash happened where the highway intersects Nevada Pacific Boulevard. Troopers say a passenger car's driver failed to yield when it pulled onto the highway, and a commercial truck hit it. 

Trooper Matt McLaughlin says these types of incidents have spiked in the last couple of weeks.

"Motorists that are coming off of those side streets that are getting ready to turn onto 50 Alternate are getting impatient," McLaughlin said. "They see that one car that's getting ready to turn right but they don't see the vehicles that are in the blind spots that are behind the vehicles."

Residents say the two most dangerous intersections of the highway are Nevada Pacific Boulevard and River Ranch Road, where drivers enter the highway from their neighborhoods.

"Definitely, a lot of accidents," Brooke Grossman said. "I've witnessed two of them."

Others say they do not blame the road.

"Highway 50, I've been here for eight years, pretty safe drive through there," Dale Smith said. "I've never seen any big accidents until today."

The Nevada Department of Transportation has done several studies over the past five years - looking at safety, intersections and access, and speed.  During two speed studies, it found that 85% of drivers travel 10-15 mph over the speed limit from the roundabout in Fernley to the east.

"Speed limit says 65 but usually people do 80, 75," Grossman said. "It's really dangerous right there."

"Sometimes you'll get a young kid," Smith said. "He'll fly down 50, pass me at 45-50 miles an hour faster but other than that, I'm an old guy. I stay at the speed limit."

NDOT could partner with Fernley and housing developers to install traffic signals on the two problem intersections in the coming years. 

"That would be a great idea," Grossman said. "Definitely, less accidents and more safety."

NDOT is already planning 38 transportation projects in Lyon County, totaling $74 million.

"All of these improvements that we're able to prioritize for growing areas like Fernley are so important to make sure that Nevadans in those areas are kept connected, are kept safe on state roadways," Meg Ragonese, NDOT Spokesperson said.

NDOT is going to install sidewalks along the southern side of Main Street in Fernley, west of the roundabout.  It will also construct a 10-foot wide multi-use path on Farm District Road. It will stretch about two miles between Crimson Road and Jasmine Lane.

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