McCarran Boulevard is a loop road that surrounds the urban core of the City of Reno. NDOT’s project addressed capacity and operational issues that had resulted in significant traffic delays (expected to worsen over time). The SE McCarran Boulevard Widening Project proposed the expansion and improvement of nearly 4.5 miles of roadway. It included widening from four lanes to six, pavement rehabilitation, drainage improvements, the addition of a shared use path, traffic signal upgrades, aesthetics, and construction of new sound walls.
Final design resulted in permanent and temporary impacts to 214 parcels most of which were to accommodate construction of new sound walls along the corridor. Impacted properties included single family residences, multi-family, and commercial parcels. OPC’s involvement on the project began very early when OPC completed preliminary right of way cost studies that set the foundation for subsequent appraisal/valuation and acquisition activities.
OPC coordinated all appraisal activities and performed nearly 190 Waiver Valuations (for non-complex acquisitions <$10,000) performed in-house, while initiating property owner negotiations. OPC worked closely with all interested parties to secure the necessary interests.
McCarran Boulevard is part of the National and State Highway Systems. As such, it was necessary to carry out all efforts in close coordination with NDOT, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, Truckee Meadows Flood Management Project, as well as other entities, satisfying strict requirements and deadlines, and adapting quickly to identify issues in advance.