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Watch for automated flaggers on state highways in Douglas County

Watch Out for NewTraffic Control Devices in Work Zones  

Douglas County motorists traveling between Interstate 5 and the Oregon coast may notice new traffic control devices in state highway work zones.

For the next month, Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) traffic will be reduced to a single lane through Scottsburg (milepost 16). Meanwhile, motorists on Oregon 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) will see intermittent weekday lane closures west of Camas Valley (milepost 45-52).

Traffic at each location will be controlled by an automated flagging system. Each system consists of a modified traffic signal with a crossing arm at each end of a work zone. During the signal’s red-phase, the arm will lower to block traffic in one direction. During the yellow-phase, the arm will lift, allowing traffic to pass through the work zone. There is no green phase.

Similar “robot” flagging systems have been used for nearly a decade throughout Oregon. They are designed to keep everyone, including flaggers, safe on the highway. ODOT has provided a video that explains the system.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution through each work zone and watch for advance warning signs.

The lane closure in Scottsburg will allow prime contractor Hamilton Construction to work on the north approach to the new bridge across the Umpqua River. Traffic is likely to be shifted onto the new bridge later this month, though work will continue throughout the summer.

On Oregon 42, ODOT and prime contractor Suulutaaq recently began work on a six month project that will pave 6.8 miles of Oregon 42, stabilized a slide area and repair several bridges.

For more information, contact ODOT Public Information Officer Dan Latham at 541-817-5200 or Dan.Latham@odot.oregon.gov.

Heads Up on State Route 28 – Incline Village area improvements…

LANE REDUCTIONS ON SR 28 AS PART OF NDOT’S INCLINE VILLAGE-AREA IMPROVEMENTS

Carson City, Nev. – Drivers will see lane closures on State Route 28 south of Sand Harbor State Park beginning May 9 as the Nevada Department of Transportation continues enhancements to State Routes 431 and 28 near Incline Village.

From May 9 through mid-June, traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by an automated temporary traffic signal, 24-7 on State Route 28 near the Thunderbird Lodge south of Sand Harbor State Park. Similar to a standard traffic signal, drivers will stop on a red light to allow traffic to drive safely through the work zone. Speeds will be reduced to 45mph.

Drainage improvements will be made where Marlette Creek crosses underneath SR 28, reducing pooling water on the roadway and enhancing water quality and ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe. As part of the work, trees do need to be removed under U.S. Forest Service permit. For every tree removed, five new native pine trees will be planted.

Day and nighttime single lane closures will also continue on other sections of State Route 28 from Crystal Bay to the Sand Harbor State Park area, and on Mt. Rose Highway from the summit to the State Route 28 roundabout. While the majority of delays will be minimal, drivers can anticipate delays of up to 30 minutes with alternating directions of traffic through the work zone. No lane closures will take place over holiday weekends.

  • May 2-May 13: single lane closures will take place 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
  • May 15-October: single lane closures will take place from 8 p.m. Sundays through noon Fridays.
  • May 2-October: commercial trucks with air brakes (26,000 pounds or greater) will once again be prohibited 24-7 from traveling westbound over Mt. Rose Highway between the Mt. Rose ski resort and Incline Village. The truck closure is a safety precaution to prevent trucks traveling down the mountain potentially encountering brake issues in the road work zone. Trucks will be allowed traveling eastbound.

Construction during the 2022 season will include:

  • ITS conduit line installation – SR 28 from Nevada/California border to south in front of the casinos, and from the Northwood/Southwood Boulevard intersection in Incline Village to Ponderosa Ranch
  • Select roadway cross slopes will be reconstructed for enhanced roadway alignment and drainage
  • Drainage and guardrail improvements will enhance roadside safety and water quality, ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe
  • Enhanced sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, and driveway accesses
  • An aging timber retaining wall on SR 28 approximately a half mile north of Memorial Point lookout will be reinforced
  • Drainage improvements will be made where Marlette Creek crosses underneath SR 28, enhancing water quality and ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe
  • SR 431 from SR 28 roundabout in Incline Village to Tahoe Rim Trailhead at Mt. Rose Summit:
  • Repaving eight miles of SR 431- Three inches of roadway asphalt will be removed and replaced
  • Approximately three miles of new concrete barrier rail
  • Select roadway shoulders will be reconstructed and flattened

For additional information, please visit InclineHighways.com. You can also call the project hotline at (775) 560-0402, e-mailInclineHighways@gmail.com or text INCLINE to (775) 242-9168 to sign up for text alerts.

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTReno on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.

Board of Supervisors pushing some pretty hefty progress…

Carson City’s Board of Supervisors began revealing that some pretty good futures are ahead for Carson City residents and families who have been forced to live in some pretty low-level apartments and crowded homes.

Supervisors referred to new apartments for low income families that soon will be their new homes – 126 apartments off Roop and Northridge.  And what’s even better is that there will be property tax exemptions for them thanks to Northern Nevada Community Housing.  Let’s hope the city finds other sites for newly incoming families.

Supervisors are also supporting a draft Master Plan for upgrades to Fuji Park.  It’s starting to expand.  The plan includes a large dog park, a riparian area for quiet walks, new grandstands, shade structure over the grandstand, new playground and more.

Biking Ash Canyon Trails…

Beyond Fuji Park is an area high on the hills to the north – 81 acres of Ash Canyon that will soon invite those who love the great outdoors with a wide open view.  There’s a lot of wide-open spaces and breathtaking views – but it’ll take some time to get everything situated according to the master plan that’s moving forward through Spring and Summer.

Wild Horses not having a good time…

Wild Horses
BLM photo

Last week, we alerted you to a highly contagious and deadly infectious disease outbreak occurring in real time at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cañon City holding facility in Colorado. In just the last 11 days, at least 124 wild horses have died in these holding pens — making this possibly the deadliest disease outbreak in BLM history.

Nearly 2,500 wild horses are confined in this facility and remain at risk  — please speak up for them now by calling on your members of Congress to demand an investigation into the BLM’s holding corrals.

Since we last emailed you, the BLM was able to identify the virus that has killed dozens of these cherished animals — Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) — a virus that the BLM is supposed to vaccinate wild horses and burros against once they are rounded up and removed from the wild. 

The BLM reported that the 124 mustangs killed were either entirely unvaccinated or only partially-vaccinated against the deadly virus even though they had been at the facility for over 9 months. 

At the same time, an active disease outbreak is occuring at the BLM’s off range holding corrals in Wheatland, Wyoming, where a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes strangles has so far infected half of the 2,750 horses confined there. 

This developing situation raises serious concerns about the conditions in the BLM’s off-range holding system where 59,749 wild horses and 862 wild burros are being held — and we deserve answers.

Please contact your members of Congress now to call for an investigation into the BLM’s off-range corrals. Also, urge them to support federal appropriations language to allocate at least $11 million of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to fertility control vaccines to keep wild horses and burros in the wild and out of holding facilities in the first place.

 

TAKE ACTION →

Thanks for your help, David.

— AWHC Team

Outlaw Drugs Making Their Moves…

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEES RISE IN FENTANYL POSSESSION AND FENTANYL OVERDOSES

Fentanyl has gripped the residents in Carson City, Nevada, and left family members behind to grieve. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has seen a significant increase in contacts with persons involving the possession of fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills, and victims of fentanyl overdoses. Last year in 2021, the Sheriff’s Office reported 22 Fentanyl-related incidents for the entire year. This year, in the first four months, the Sheriff’s Office has already encountered ten reported drug incidents involving Fentanyl.
 
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It was initially designed for medical purposes to treat pain. However, due to its potency, it has been converted by members of drug cartels into an illegally distributed narcotic sold in all 50 states. Fentanyl can be lethal in doses as small as two milligrams. Drug dealers often combine Fentanyl with other narcotics already known to be fatal in high amounts to increase the effects of the euphoria experienced. When combined with other narcotics, it can be disguised as any other illegally used narcotic, as well as marijuana sold on the “black market.”
 
Fentanyl can also be used, similar as other narcotics, by oral consumption, inhaling, or injecting. It causes intense, short-term, temporary feelings of euphoria. However, the intentional or unintentional use of fentanyl can inhibit the normal respiratory function and reduce blood pressure. In lethal amounts, it can cause fainting, seizures, and even death.  
 
On April 6th, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) saw a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring close in time at the same location. They report that there have been at least seven confirmed mass-overdose events across the United States in just the past two months, resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths.
 
Locally, Fentanyl-related activities have spiked within the Carson City area causing an elevated concern among first responders:
 
December 22nd, 2021
A married couple, a 32-year-old male and a 29-year-old female, were discovered to be overdosing on Fentanyl. The female was able to be revived. However, the male passed away due to the effects of the drug.

February 2nd, 2022
A mother discovered her 28-year-old son as he suffered from the effects of Fentanyl. The subject admitted to the sheriff’s office that he was using Fentanyl. He could not walk independently and had to be transported to the Regional Medical Center by medics for further evaluation.

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