City of Sparks Moves Forward with Pedestrian Safety Improvements on Baring Blvd.
Sparks, NV – The city of Sparks is moving forward with plans to improve pedestrian safety on Baring Blvd. Today, the Sparks City Council awarded a $185,600 contract to Titan Electrical Contracting for installation of two Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) and additional overhead lighting in front of Reed High School. The project is part of an overall plan to improve pedestrian safety after an October 2018 crash that tragically killed a Reed High School student.
In November 2018, students from Reed High School attended a Sparks City Council Meeting, petitioning for safety improvements to be made in the area. “We took their concerns very seriously and immediately began studying ways to make the area safer for students, pedestrians and drivers,” said City Manager Neil Krutz.
Based on an independents consultant’s safety recommendations, contractor Titan Electrical will install two Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and additional overhead lighting at two existing crosswalks, one at Baring Blvd. and Sorensen Way and the other in front of the Port of Subs restaurant. Two other existing crosswalks will be removed and the Reed High School fence that currently provides access to one of the crosswalks will be closed.
“We believe this important project will greatly improve safety by encouraging pedestrians to use only the two enhanced crossings,” Krutz said.
Construction will take place during the summer months when school is not in session and complete before the start of the 2019/2020 school year.