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Third Street Plaza Construction
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The Third Street Plaza project is coming along very nicely. Third Street is being permanently closed to make way for a public plaza with a stage and a fountain for kids to play in. Planters are being constructed along the north end of the street here. On the south end they are reconstructing the patio […]  more...

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The Third Street Plaza project is coming along very nicely. Third Street is being permanently closed to make way for a public plaza with a stage and a fountain for kids to play in.

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Planters are being constructed along the north end of the street here.

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On the south end they are reconstructing the patio for Firkin and Fox, A new wall, which matches the low landscaping walls along the rest of the downtown corridor, has been built as part of the patio.

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They are keeping the sidewalks open so patrons can access the shops and restaurants along the north end of the street. Even after the concrete has been torn out, the dirt sidewalk is still open.

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The stage at the south end is taking shape. This stage will be used for the Friday night concerts that have been taking place on Third Street for several years.

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Third Street is supposed to be open before the rest of the downtown project, but it looks like they still have some work left to do.

Carson City Freeway Construction
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Work has been going very steady on the last stretch of the Carson City freeway. This final phase has been in progress for a very long time. First they built a bridge at Koontz, then they built a bridge at Clearview, then they built a bridge at Snyder. Each of the bridges took a year […]  more...

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Work has been going very steady on the last stretch of the Carson City freeway. This final phase has been in progress for a very long time. First they built a bridge at Koontz, then they built a bridge at Clearview, then they built a bridge at Snyder. Each of the bridges took a year to build. Now they are building the roadbed to go under all these bridges. For many months they have been scooping out dirt and sending it up the hill on a conveyor belt. Even with the wet winter we had I don’t think I saw them stop work for more than a few days at a time.

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But now it seems like the majority of the earthmoving is done and they can actually start on laying down gravel for the roadbed itself. Here under the Snyder bridge the freeway will be at ground level so they didn’t have to dig down much. But the two travel lanes are very well defined.

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The road is headed to the intersection of 395 and 50, at the bottom of Spooner grade. They are not building the overpass at this junction yet, so the freeway will just end in a stoplight.

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To the left you can see the on ramp from 395, coming north from the Carson Valley. To the right are the 4 travel lanes going to and from Tahoe, and Carson City to the north.

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From 395 looking east, you can see the on ramp and the freeway travel lanes which are beginning to be graded. For the last year this has been where the giant dirt pile was kept as it was conveyored up the hill. Now most of that dirt is gone so they’re able to start carving out the freeway lanes and put in storm drains.

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All of this earthmoving was necessary because as the freeway travels along next to Edmonds Street it will be below grade. They had to dig down at least 20 feet here to put the freeway in a trench. The bridges that were built years ago, at Koontz and Clearview, are now finally looking like they belong there.

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The roadbed is in place now and they’re starting to put the gravel down here too. Looking out from the bridges it actually looks like a real freeway is starting to come together.

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Near Fairview they are starting to build the soundwalls along the edge of the freeway. Even though the freeway is down in a trench, it still needs a short sound wall to keep the roar of the traffic away from the nearby houses as much as possible.

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I think there’s at least another year left before the freeway is ready to open, but after a decade and a half of construction on this thing it’s exciting to see it so close to completion!

Downtown Sidewalk Construction
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Work on the Carson Street project downtown has reached the point where some of the new sidewalks are finished. They started building sidewalks at William Street, heading south, and now they have several blocks of finished or nearly finished sidewalk to show for it. Here in front of Heidi’s at the corner of William everything […]  more...

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Work on the Carson Street project downtown has reached the point where some of the new sidewalks are finished. They started building sidewalks at William Street, heading south, and now they have several blocks of finished or nearly finished sidewalk to show for it. Here in front of Heidi’s at the corner of William everything is all done except for light poles and landscaping.2016-06-05 003 2016-06-05 007 2016-06-05 008 2016-06-05 012 2016-06-05 014

The benches/landscaping walls are all finished at several of the corners. One day these planters will be full of grass, trees and flowers. For now it’s still just dirt but they look nice anyway.

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Further down the sidewalks are a little less done, with the concrete poured but the decorative bricks not yet laid. Some sections of the sidewalk are open to foot traffic, while others are still closed off to pedestrians.

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As of Sunday the 5th, concrete had been poured as far as the State Museum. Here the walls curve a little different to create more of an entryway to the museum grounds.

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At the corner of Carson and Robinson they are still forming the rebar for the walls. Slowly they are marching down the street, with each crew doing their part and moving on to the next block.

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On most blocks the old sidewalks are still in place and open, because that’s the only way to get to many of the smaller businesses along Carson Street. Not sure how they’ll manage it when it comes time to rip them out and pour new concrete here. Some of the businesses have signs out letting everyone know they are still open despite the mess.

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South of Musser Street the asphalt is still in place. Work hasn’t gotten that far yet. Once the entire west side of the street is finished, they will start on the east side. They’re hoping to have it all done in less than 5 months for Nevada Day. Though given how long it took them to get this far, it seems like they better step up the pace!

Third Street Plaza
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The reworking of Carson Street isn’t the only construction going on downtown this summer. In a connected project, Third Street has been torn up between Carson and Curry Streets and is being replaced with a public plaza. Not only has the road been removed, but so has the outdoor seating patio for Firkin and Fox. […]  more...

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The reworking of Carson Street isn’t the only construction going on downtown this summer. In a connected project, Third Street has been torn up between Carson and Curry Streets and is being replaced with a public plaza.

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Not only has the road been removed, but so has the outdoor seating patio for Firkin and Fox. With it went the support poles for the balcony, so a temporary framework has been built to hold it up.2016-04-17 039 2016-04-17 040 2016-04-17 043 2016-04-17 046 2016-04-17 050

In the Cone Zone
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Work has been going on on the downtown road project for over a month now. The first phase of the project involved digging up old water and sewer lines that ran under the street and replacing them with new ones. For this the medians had to be torn out and trenches dug along the whole […]  more...

Work has been going on on the downtown road project for over a month now. The first phase of the project involved digging up old water and sewer lines that ran under the street and replacing them with new ones. For this the medians had to be torn out and trenches dug along the whole length of the street. That work seems to be mostly finished, so now work has moved on to the next phase: building the new wider sidewalks that are going to stretch from William St to Fifth Street.

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During the water line work, lanes were shifting all over the place, zig-zagging left and right to avoid the trenches. Now that this part has finished, the lanes seem to be strictly on the east side of the street so they can start working on the sidewalks on the west side.

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Some businesses, like the Firkin and Fox, have signs up letting everyone know they are still open during construction.

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Some sidewalks are still open for now, so businesses with their front doors on Carson Street can still be reached.

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The medians have been completely removed, and many crosswalks are closed. Only the major intersections are still open.

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The entire west side of the street is blocked off, even where there is no work currently happening, to prepare for sidewalk work.

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The utility trenches have been filled in with dirt, but there’s no reason to pave over them for now.

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Currently sidewalk work has begun north of Washington Street, on the west side. The pavement has been torn up and utility lines are being laid for things like light poles.

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Here at Sophia Street, the first of the new landscaping walls is being created. These low walls can be seen in this concept artwork, and will separate the sidewalk from the landscaped areas and well as providing seating.

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Work on the west side sidewalks is projected to continue until the end of June, then work will switch to the east side for July through September. All this work, plus repaving the road, is supposed to be done by Nevada Day.

Carson Street Construction
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Work has been going on on Carson Street for two weeks now. It started at William, but it has made its way down to Musser now. The medians north of Musser have been removed so that lanes can be reconfigured to avoid the utility work. Next week the medians south of Musser will be removed. […]  more...

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Work has been going on on Carson Street for two weeks now. It started at William, but it has made its way down to Musser now. The medians north of Musser have been removed so that lanes can be reconfigured to avoid the utility work. Next week the medians south of Musser will be removed. Some of the trees in the median are being moved to city parks, but the other shrubbery from the median is being offered free for the taking. You could have a downtown plant in your garden. Details are in the area road report for this week.

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 4
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Our last look at Carson Street starts at Telegraph Street and goes north. Along this stretch of road there never was any landscaped median in the middle of the road, just a center lane that can be used for turns. The new road configuration is going to keep this center lane. So along here the changes […]  more...

Our last look at Carson Street starts at Telegraph Street and goes north. Along this stretch of road there never was any landscaped median in the middle of the road, just a center lane that can be used for turns. The new road configuration is going to keep this center lane. So along here the changes will be less drastic, but there will still be wider sidewalks, parallel parking, and other traffic calming measures to get people to slow down. The road work will extend all the way to William Street (Hwy 50), although this photo essay stops at Washington.

Telegraph to Robinson

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Robinson to Washington

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Now that work has started on the new road, keep checking back for some construction updates as everything we’ve seen here gets torn out this summer and replaced.

Carson Street Before Construction: Part 3
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Construction on Carson Street through downtown has been going on for nearly a week now, with lane closures and heavy equipment clogging up the street. But now we’re going to look back before the construction began, at the core stretch of downtown between Musser and Telegraph. This part of road has narrow sidewalks and close […]  more...

Construction on Carson Street through downtown has been going on for nearly a week now, with lane closures and heavy equipment clogging up the street. But now we’re going to look back before the construction began, at the core stretch of downtown between Musser and Telegraph. This part of road has narrow sidewalks and close storefronts, and until recently a fence keeping people from stumbling into traffic. The fence was supposed to be removed when the sidewalks were widened, but in a display of really weird timing the fence was actually removed three years ago, leaving narrow sidewalks with speeding traffic just inches away, not a pleasant walking experience. I think this part of downtown is going to benefit the most from the coming changes, and hopefully it will be a more pleasant place to walk when it’s all done.

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Proctor to Telegraph

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 2
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On Monday the 7th the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Carson Street renovation project. The same day, utility work began to the north of downtown, with traffic reduced down to two lanes. This project is now officially underway, so our look at the street that is being torn out continues. Following on from the […]  more...

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On Monday the 7th the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Carson Street renovation project. The same day, utility work began to the north of downtown, with traffic reduced down to two lanes. This project is now officially underway, so our look at the street that is being torn out continues. Following on from the last post, this time we’ll look at the section between Second and Musser, in front of the Capitol Building.

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Third Street

Another component of this project is the permanent abandonment of Third Street between Carson and Curry to build a public plaza. The street now is mostly used for parking for the shops and restaurants along here. That parking will have to move to the city lot on the other side of Curry. Some of the most dramatic differences in the whole project will be along this one block stretch.

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 1
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After years of talk, planning and debate, it is finally happening. The project to narrow Carson Street through downtown Carson City is beginning tomorrow. On March 7th a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11am at Third and Carson, in front of the Firkin and Fox, to launch this project. Over the course of this […]  more...

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After years of talk, planning and debate, it is finally happening. The project to narrow Carson Street through downtown Carson City is beginning tomorrow. On March 7th a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11am at Third and Carson, in front of the Firkin and Fox, to launch this project. Over the course of this summer and fall, the entire stretch of Carson Street from Fifth to William is going to be reworked. Where there is four lanes now, with a landscaped median in the middle for part of it, the final result will have one lane in each direction, a center turn lane all the way, wider sidewalks and landscaped curbs, and on-street parking.

But as this website is focused on the long view of how the town changes over time, I felt it was important to document the “before” views of Carson Street as we know it today, the four-lane Carson Street that will be going away. Over the next few posts I’ll be giving an in-depth photo gallery of the wide streets, narrow sidewalks, landscaped medians, and long crosswalks that have characterized downtown Carson City for decades. Right now it doesn’t seem very exciting, seeing pictures of a worn-out street that we’re all so familiar with. But in several years, when we have acclimated to the new downtown it will be interesting to go back and look at these, which will then be historical photos, and remember how it used to be.

Fifth to Fourth

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Next time we’ll look at Third Street, which is being completely closed for a new public plaza, and at the stretch of Carson in front of the Capitol.



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