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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2023
NDOT Presents Proposed Improvements for US-50 in Dayton and Commissioners Take Action During 9.21.23 Meeting
Yerington, Nevada – On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Lyon County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) heard a presentation from Darin Tedford, Deputy Director of Administration for the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) with proposed improvements on the US-50 corridor in Dayton. In 2021, NDOT began an operational study of the area between Pine Cone Road and Bryce/Chaves Road. Based on the study findings and discussions with community stakeholders, NDOT proposed the following improvements for the Highway 50 East of Dayton Preservation Project:
NDOT plans for construction on the US-50 Dayton Preservation Project to begin in Spring of 2026. NDOT also plans to host public information meetings and community outreach for the project. According to Mr. Tedford, lowering the speed limit alone will not have the effect constituents are hoping for and it may cause additional problems. Highway design with speed limit reductions will have greater impact to slow down traffic, if that’s the goal. However, Commissioners discussed the trade-offs between speed limit and travel lane reductions compared to controlled access and widened lanes. Lyon County will continue discussions with NDOT to prioritize the safety of Lyon County residents traveling on US-50.
Lyon County Lands Bill
County Manager Andrew Haskin, in coordination with Jeremy Drew, Principal Resource Specialist with Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI) presented a draft lands bill map identifying 2,632 acres for potential acquisition and an additional 3,418 acres for future conveyance to Lyon County to be used for infrastructure projects such as roads and flood mitigation. For all land proposed for conveyance in the Lands Bill, Lyon County will have to pay fair market value for the purchase. A motion to direct staff to continue working on lands bill and to support the City of Fernley’s land requests for the Tahoe Reno Industrial area passed unanimously.
The Lyon County BOCC also took action on the following items:
The complete agenda and back up materials are posted online at www.lyon-county.org/Agendacenter.
For more information, visit our website https://www.lyon-county.org/ and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LyonCountyNV. Residents can view recordings of previous Board of County Commission meetings on the Lyon County YouTube Channel.