South Carson Street

Construction Update for November 9-13

South Carson Street is open. There will be landscaping, electrical work, and striping throughout the week. 

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Project Meetings and Updates

The community is invited to celebrate the expansion of the Carson Street improvements at the South Carson Complete Streets Project groundbreaking ceremony. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10 a.m., at the former armory site located at 2361 South Carson Street, and will feature construction equipment for children of all ages to explore and climb on. Speakers will include Mayor Bob Crowell and City Engineer Dan Stucky.

“When we were assured that the I580 bypass would indeed be completed the City embarked upon projects designed to revitalize our urban core area (Downtown) as well as make the entrances to our City more appealing and inviting for all forms of travel,” said Mayor Bob Crowell. “The South Carson Street project is designed to do just that as well as continue the Downtown complete street design from 5th Street. It is part of the City’s effort to ensure the sustainability of our community over time.”

“This project will build upon Carson City’s recent downtown revitalization by linking downtown and the highly productive commercial corridor along South Carson Street via a cohesive and continuous complete streets design,” said Dan Stucky, City Engineer.

The South Carson Complete Streets Project is part of a series of roadway corridor improvement projects planned by the City, intended to accommodate sustainable economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Carson City by providing safer travel opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, as well as creating a more aesthetically pleasing and inviting gateway into Nevada’s State Capital.  The overall project will include complete streets improvements from Fifth Street to 1,400 feet north of the Carson City I-580 Freeway terminus (Appion Way), as well as significant upgrades and expansion to critical utility infrastructure along the corridor.

Emma Crossman, Project Manager with Sierra Nevada Construction said, “We are excited to be a part of the corridor enhancements and look forward to working with the community and providing employment opportunities locally throughout the duration of the construction process.”

The August 2017 opening of the I-580 freeway extension reduced traffic volumes along the South Carson Street corridor by over 40 percent, allowing for the transformation of the corridor from that of a state-owned highway serving through-traffic into a calmer, City-owned multi-modal street. Since the first public planning meeting held on September 22, 2016, the City has presented numerous opportunities for stakeholder participation. In addition to hosting informational public meetings throughout the project planning and design stage, the City also sought approval and direction throughout the design process from the Regional Transportation Commission, Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee, Historic Resources Commission, and the Board of Supervisors.

As for funding, the project construction is nearly 70% funded by non-local funding sources. On March 29, 2018 Carson City was awarded the $7.57 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant by the US Department of Transportation, which described the project as “an important investment in Carson City’s infrastructure with a focus to improve pedestrian safety and mobility in the area, and enhance commercial and business access.” Other non-local funding sources include nearly $6.35 million transferred from the State to the City as part of the relinquishment of the South Carson Street right-of-way and specifically allocated to fund the South Carson Complete Streets Project.

Carson City Public Works and the project contractor, Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc., met with community members on January 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center to discuss the South Carson Complete Street Project construction schedule and details.

The meeting was live on the city website, carson.org, and the city Facebook page: Carson City Nevada Government. The meeting is available on YouTube for review.

The South Carson Complete Streets Project design is complete, Carson City Public Works and the project contractor, Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc., will be hosting a pre-construction meeting to present the anticipated construction schedule and the completed project design. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, in the Sierra Room, located at 851 E. William St., Carson City.

The Nevada Department of Transportation recently transferred the commercial corridor to the City, giving the City the opportunity to transform the corridor to provide safer travel opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists; improve access to abutting businesses; and prepare Carson City for Smart City advancements. The approximate project limits are from the intersection of South Carson Street and 5th Street, south to the intersection of South Carson Street and Appion Way. The project includes pedestrian safety measures, ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb ramps, narrowed travel lanes, a buffered multi-use path, dedicated bicycle facilities, a roundabout, critical improvements to stormwater infrastructure, improved business access, street lighting, enhanced signals, upgrades to the water and sewer systems, and fiber optic communications improvements that will complete the City’s core communications ring. Construction is anticipated to start late February of this year.

The meeting will include a presentation on the South Carson Street design, project schedule, and discuss various communication tools for the public to stay connected during the construction process. It is the goal of the Project team to keep citizens informed, engaged and involved throughout the construction process. To receive e-notifications visit carsonproud.com and click the subscribe button or to receive text notifications simply text “Carson Proud” to 31996.

Individuals in need of special accommodations are asked to contact staff a minimum of two business days in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made. Please contact Tom Grundy, Project Manager at 775-283-7081 or tgrundy@carson.org.

Project Meetings and Updates

12/13/19 Update: The project design is complete! The project team is pleased to announce the completion of the project design after nearly a year of design progression since the initial public kick-off meeting on December 11, 2018. During the design phase, the project team has conducted over 20 public meetings to gather useful feedback on various project features.

Over the next 2 months, the project will enter the project construction bidding stage, with heavy construction commencing in February 2020. In January 2020, the project team will hold another public meeting to discuss the construction process, schedule, and access for the public and businesses along the corridor during construction (more details to come on this in early January).

Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Meeting- Resolution on 90% Design Comments Informational Presentation

At the August 14, 2019 meeting, the RTC board requested that staff provide an informational update after comments were received on the 90% design from RTC, the Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee, and the Board of Supervisors. At the September 11th, 2019 RTC meeting, staff provided a summary of comments alongside whether or not each can be incorporated into the final design for the project. The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 6-A starts at the 2:45 mark):

Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting- 90% Design Update

City staff provided the Board of Supervisors with an update of the 90% design at the August 15, 2019 board meeting. The presentation included an update on the project design, responses to the 60% review comments, and review of the CarsonProud website updates (including the roundabout educational video). The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 17.D starts at the 2:35:45 mark):

90% Design Exhibits

The project design was approved unanimously by the Board (5-0), as they directed staff to advance the project to final design.

Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Meeting- 90% Design Update

On August 14th, 2019 the design team presented the 90% design to the RTC. The presentation included an update on the project design progression, responses to the 60% RTC review comments, review of the CarsonProud website updates (including the roundabout educational video), and a discussion on construction traffic control. The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 6-C starts at the 23:05 mark):

The project design was approved unanimously by the Commission, as they recommended the acceptance of the 90% design to the Board of Supervisors.

Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee (RACC) Meeting- 90% Design Update

City staff provided the Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee with an update of the 90% design at the August 5, 2019 meeting. The presentation included an update on the project design and review of the CarsonProud website updates (including the roundabout educational video). The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 4.A starts at the 2:15 mark):

90% Design Exhibits

The 90% design plans were completed for review last week. This is a major milestone for the project team and one more step toward the start of the construction stage scheduled to begin the end of the year.

90% Design Exhibits

Over the next two months, the project team will continue with the final refinement of the project’s design, as well as start to shift the focus to the planning and phasing of the project construction. Staff will present the 90% design at the August 5th Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee meeting with subsequent presentations at the Regional Transportation Commission meeting on August 14th and the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 15th. Additionally, the project team plans to hold another public meeting in November or December to discuss the construction process and schedule for the public and businesses along the corridor (more details to come this fall).

The Project FAQs has been updated to help answer some common questions that were asked during the 60% design update meetings as well as the public workshop held in April 2019.

Through a coordinated effort, City staff have been able to place the most current available information relating to the South Carson Complete Streets Project into a centralized source known as Carson Proud. Beyond facilitating information flow and addressing inquiries, the project team have been moving forward with the project design through public participation, stakeholder meetings and televised presentations on the government station. Gathering feedback has been integral part of the design process.

Recent questions include a variation of:

Why is the City using funds for the project instead of street repair? During public comment at the April 18, 2019 meeting of the Board of Supervisors this question was presented and here is the Mayor’s response -

Additional concerns were in relation to the installation of a multi-lane roundabout, as no such roundabout currently exist in Carson City and many stressed the importance of a multi-lane roundabout instructional video.

All the feedback on the project is highly appreciated. Please provide feedback or questions at info@carsonproud.com or contact the project manager, Tom Grundy, at tgrundy@carson.org or (775) 283-7081.

Here's the current roundabout design: 60% Roundabout Demo and Improvements Exhibit

RTC Meeting- South Carson Street Traffic Impacts and Expectations Informational Presentation

At the Regional Transportation Commission meeting on June 12th, City staff provided an informational presentation and discussion on traffic impacts and expectations resulting from the South Carson Street Complete Streets Project. Staff presented detailed traffic count information and findings from an independent Traffic Evaluation prepared for Carson City that assessed anticipated traffic impacts that may result from the South Carson Street Complete Streets Project. Design improvements resulting from the report were also presented. The video of the meeting can be viewed here:

RTC-Staff Report

South Carson Complete Streets Project Traffic Study Presentation

BOS Meeting- 60% Design Update

City staff provided the Board of Supervisors with an update of the 60% design at the May 16, 2019 board meeting. The presentation included an update on the project design and a discussion on public outreach and feedback received from the community. The video of the meeting can be viewed here:

The project design was approved unanimously by the Board (5-0), as they directed staff to advance the design to the 90% level.

RACC Meeting- 60% Design Update

City staff provided the Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee with an update of the 60% design at the May 6, 2019 meeting. The presentation included an update on the project design and a discussion on public outreach and feedback received from the community. The video of the meeting can be viewed here:

April 12 Public Workshop

A public workshop was held at the Adams Hub studio on April 12th. This was an opportunity for the general public to review the 60% illustrative plans and meet with the project design team in an informal setting to ask specific questions about the project. April 12 Public Workshop Conceptual Maps

4/5/19 Update: In February the design plans for the South Carson Complete Streets Project reached 60% completion. Current design elements include safe accommodations for travel, one of which is a roundabout at the intersection of Stewart Street and South Carson Street. The design is a multi-lane roundabout with a detached pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists may also choose to occupy a lane through the roundabout. The center island will include landscaping and will eventually include a public art piece, adding to the gateway appeal. The roundabout installment will reduce the frequency and severity of accidents, minimize long-term maintenance and operation costs, and improve traffic flow, which are motivating factors for its design.

The 60% roundabout design along with surrounding design elements will be available for review at a Public Workshop, on April 12, 2019, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Studio @ Adams Hub, 177 W Proctor St. This meeting will provide the opportunity for business owners and residents to explore in detail the potential plans and provide input to the project team.

60% Illustrative Plans
RTC Meeting- 60% Design Update
On March 13th, the design team presented the 60% design to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). The presentation included an update on the project design progression, responses to the 30% RTC review comments, and a discussion on public outreach and feedback received from the community since the 30% design update. The video of the meeting can be viewed here:

The project design was approved unanimously by the Commission, as they recommended the acceptance of the 60% design to the Board of Supervisors.

The 60% design plans were completed in February. This is an exciting milestone, as the project design has started to transform from a conceptual design to a more refined and detailed project design. A thorough review of the project plans, as well as constructability and value engineering reviews will take place over the next month by the project team. Staff will present the 60% design at the March 13th RTC meeting with subsequent presentations at RACC and BOS meetings in April. Another public meeting/workshop is planned to be held in April (more details to come on this meeting in March).

The Project FAQs has been updated to help answer some common questions that were asked during the various public meetings held during the fall and winter of 2018.

At the January 10, 2019 Historic Resources Commission (HRC) meeting, City staff and the HRC discussed any impacts that the project may have on historical and/or cultural resources. The HRC supported the project and did not anticipate any major impacts to these valuable resources. Staff has hired a consultant to further investigate and complete the appropriate environmental and historical/cultural studies.

The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item E-1 starts at the 3:50 mark):

October 2018 Outreach Activities to Businesses

The project team visited approximately 250 businesses along the project corridor during the weeks of October 15 and October 22 to discuss the project. At these face-to-face meetings, the project team provided a general overview of the project, discussed a timeline for design and construction, and mentioned various communication tools for the public to stay connected during the design and construction process. During these visits, the project team also gathered feedback from the businesses, including contact information, any planned special events, and any other concerns about the project and its impacts to their businesses during construction. The comments received were all compiled in a project database and will be considered during the advancement of design and the planning of construction.

On November 14, the design team presented the 30% design to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). The presentation included an overview of the project history, project features, design plans, public outreach efforts, project funding and schedule moving forward, and available communication tools for the public to stay connected. The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 6.A starts at the 9:30 mark):

RTC-South Carson Complete Streets Project Presentation PowerPoint

If we missed you on our visits or if you’re an interested resident hoping to provide input, please don’t hesitate to contact the project manager, Tom Grundy, at tgrundy@carson.org or (775) 283-7081.

On December 3, City staff presented the 30% design at a joint meeting with the Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee (RACC) and Historic Resources Commission (HRC). The purpose of the presentation was to provide an update on the design of the South Carson Complete Streets Project. The Redevelopment Authority has authorized $200,000 from the Redevelopment Fund to assist in the construction of the project, including project enhancements such as landscaping, benches and other streetscape features. The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 3.B starts at the 21:55 mark):

City staff and the project design team hosted a community meeting where citizens and stakeholders were encouraged to provide feedback and explore the South Carson Complete Streets Project conceptual designs, which are in the early stages of development. The meeting was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Ormsby Room located at 911 East Musser Street, in Carson City. You can complete the comment form by visiting the City's website carson.org. Watch the meeting below.

City staff provided the Board of Supervisors with an update of the 30% design at the December 20, 2018 board meeting. The presentation included an overview of the project design, viewing of project flyover video, discussion on public outreach and feedback received from the community, and finished with a review of project budget and schedule. The video of the meeting can be viewed here (agenda item 16.A starts at the 1:11:10 mark):

The project design was approved unanimously by the Board (5-0), as they directed staff to advance the design to the 60% level.