Road maintenance at the heart of Monday’s Democratic luncheon | Carson City Nevada News

Event date:

October 31, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.

Guest speakers at Monday’s Democrat Luncheon will be Chris Martinovich, PE, transportation manager at Carson City Public Works.

He is the project manager for Invest in the streets of your neighborhood! Preserve Carson City Roads, a campaign designed to educate Carson City drivers about current road conditions, preservation solutions, potential funding sources, and what will happen if sufficient investment is not made to preserve our roads. Chris’ presentation will be a progress report on the project team’s progress to date and will provide a context in which Carson City voters can assess the merits of Election Measure CC-1, which would eliminate the tax. municipal on diesel fuel.

Where are we today? Simply put, the roads in Carson City are failing. The condition of the City’s pavement infrastructure is deteriorating at a rapid rate, particularly on neighborhood streets, which make up 71% of the City’s road network. The condition of the pavement on the streets in the neighborhood has decreased by 9% over the past five years. A 2022 study estimated the annual funding gap at nearly $21 million, and the gap is only expected to increase as fuel demand declines and construction costs increase.

Our roads are the lifeline that connects people to where they need to go, whether it’s shopping, school, work, church or home. Without sufficiently maintained roads, the connection becomes bumpy and more difficult to navigate. Potholes, cracks and uneven pavement not only cause inconvenience and delays, they also contribute to increased tire wear and general car maintenance, not to mention safety and the mobility of cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users.

We must act quickly to find a lasting solution that will save our roads. The city is exploring several funding options to preserve and maintain roads and streets in the Carson City neighborhood before they reach the point of no repair. Measures such as patching or grouting joints preserve pavements for many years, eliminating the need to be completely repaved. These progressive preservation approaches are not only cost effective, they also reduce the impact on those who live on or around the roads being repaired. Once a road passes the preservation point, costly reconstruction becomes the only way forward.

After earning a civil engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009, Chris Martinovich became a project manager for Jacobs Engineering, where he worked for over a decade. In January 2020 he became a traffic engineer in Carson City and in November 2021 he was promoted to director of transportation. In this capacity, he oversees the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), which sets priorities and recommends appropriate funding for transportation improvement projects in Carson City. It also manages the Carson Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the state-designated agency responsible for metropolitan transportation planning in the Carson City urbanized area, consisting of Carson City, northern Douglas County and the west of the county of Lyons.

As a professional engineer and native of Carson City, Chris looks forward to working with community organizations and individuals to solve funding issues related to road maintenance. He mainly insists that further delays will only increase the cost of restoring all our roads to an acceptable and sustainable state.

Sponsored by the Democratic Men’s Committee, this event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31 and can be attended either in person at the Black Bear Diner, inside Max Casino, or online via Zoom. The presentation will begin after all meal orders have been taken, around 1:30 a.m. Those wishing to be in distribution for the Zoom lunch links should contact Rich Dunn at richdunn@aol.com.

Jessica C. Bell