Holcomb Avenue Rehabilitation Project

Revitalizing a historic transportation corridor with modern safety and accessibility improvements.

Holcomb Avenue Rehabilitation Project

Historical Context

Holcomb Avenue has a long history tied to transportation, dating back to the Virginia & Truckee (V&T) Railway, which operated from 1872 to 1950, serving as a critical link between Virginia Cities mining community and the Central Pacific Railroad.

As automobile usage increased and mining declined, the railway was eventually closed, but Holcomb Avenue's significance as a transportation hub did not.

Engine 27 of the V&T travelling southbound adjacent to Holcomb Avenue, May 16, 1950 (Image Source: University of Nevada, Reno digital archives)
Project Highlights

Granite Construction, Inc. in collaboration with Wood Rodgers Inc. as the design engineer, took on this $3.5 million dollar project aimed at modernizing the area while preserving its historical significance. Initially focused on roadway rehabilitation, the project was expanded to include various safety enhancements and accessibility improvements.

Newly renovated Holcomb Avenue showcasing upgraded sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, parking lanes, and modern signage, blending safety with accessibility.
Key Improvements:

• ADA Improvements to sidewalks, driveways, and curb ramps

• Utility improvements to storm drain and electrical facilities

• Landscape improvements

• Realignment of the Sinclair Street intersection

• Updated signage and striping

• Pavement rehabilitation with a grind and overlay for the entire roadway

• A buffered bike lane

• A new bulb-out and RRFB at the Moran Street intersection

Construction Management and Schedule

The project was challenging due to its impact on residents and businesses. With a combination of strategic traffic control plans and communication, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Enhanced sidewalks and new landscaping on Holcomb Avenue, with a cyclist enjoying the newly added bike lane in the background.
Community and Environmental Considerations

Communication and problem-solving were crucial in helping to alleviate commuter concerns and pain points. Granite Construction, Inc. made it a point to adjust construction to address residents' concerns, such as adjusting work hours to accommodate driveway access for residents affected by construction.

Thorough evaluations and on-site meetings were held to address concerns. Issues like mature tree roots near the construction site were handled with care, often was resolved by hand digging in order to protect root systems.

Despite summer thunderstorms, Granite effectively managed environmental protection measures and adhered to local regulations for dust control and stormwater pollution.

Construction Management and Recognition

The paving component was the most expensive and lead to extensive research to find cost-effective approaches. For this reason, a mill and overlay option was chosen for long-term financial efficiency.

In 2023 this project was recognized for its quality, with Granite receiving the 2023 Quality In Construction Award from the National Asphalt Paving Association, highlighting the team's commitment to improving community infrastructure.

A view of the completed Holcomb Avenue project, highlighting the new pavement, fresh paint, upgraded sidewalks, and other enhanced features.
Conclusion

The RTC Holcomb Avenue Project successfully balanced modern infrastructure needs with historical preservation, enhancing safety, accessibility, and community relations.

Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project

Transforming Jackson Avenue: A Revitalization Project Bringing Safety, Accessibility, and Economic Growth to Las Vegas' Historic Westside.

Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project

Overview

The Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project was a key initiative in the revitalization of the Historic Westside in Las Vegas, an area known for its rich diversity, history, and community.

This project, a part of the City of Las Vegas’ Historic Urban Neighborhood Design Redevelopment Plan, aimed to transform Jackson Avenue into a safer, more accessible, and vibrant corridor for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

The new 'Historic Westside' sign at U.S. 95 and Martin Luther King Blvd stands as a beacon of pride and cultural heritage, welcoming visitors to the revitalized Jackson Avenue.
Key Features

Jackson Avenue, more specifically the stretch between C Street and H Street, underwent significant street and streetscape improvements.

The sidewalks were widened to 15 feet and 70 trees were added for shade, along with a new irrigation system.

Intersections have been enhanced with bulb-outs to make pedestrian crossings safer and shorter, using concrete ramps.

The road itself was completely repaved and reconfigured from four lanes to two, with upgraded dual luminaire streetlights improving visibility for both pedestrians and drivers.

Shared-use bike lanes were added for bicyclists, and signage and striping were updated to enhance safety and clarity.

The project also included the installation of smart city fiber-optics conduits, replacement of waterlines, and coordination with private utility providers and adjacent property owners.

The newly revitalized Jackson Avenue, featuring widened sidewalks, shade trees, bike lanes, and upgraded street lighting, transforming the corridor into a safer and more vibrant area for the Historic Westside community in Las Vegas
Construction Management

Under the supervision of the City of Las Vegas as the construction manager and UNICON as the contractor, this project was finished on time and under budget.

Safety was a top priority, with weekly safety meetings, progress discussions, and other meetings being used regularly to mitigate risks.

Public and worker safety was maintained throughout, and the project had a record of no lost time incidents or injuries.

Construction underway on Jackson Avenue, showcasing the extensive roadwork, as part of the revitalization efforts.
Community and Environmental Considerations

Regular communication with residents and businesses in the area, along with signage to ensure business recognition and responses to public concerns, was vital to the project’s success.

A block party was hosted to celebrate the completion of the project and highlight the future potential of Jackson Avenue.

Environmental considerations were a major focus of this project. Cold pavement coverage was increased by 30%, over 70 trees suitable for arid desert climates were planted to reduce water use, and the use of energy-efficient LED lighting was installed to reduce energy consumption.

The construction team adhered to environmental regulations for dust control and stormwater pollution, with no dust fines being issued.

This project faced and overcame several challenges, including managing grading and pavement issues caused by a nearby fire and installing utilities for future businesses.

The newly finished sidewalks on Jackson Avenue feature widened pavement, shade trees, upgraded streetlights, and signage.
Recognition

The Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project exemplifies the City of Las Vegas’ dedication to revitalizing key areas in innovative and sustainable ways.

This project has already prompted new economic development and is expected to continue enhancing the community, making it safer, more vibrant, and accessible for residents.

In 2024, Wood Rodgers’ won the 2024 Project of the Year Award for Transportation over $5M from the Nevada chapter of the American Public Works Association for the Jackson Avenue – H Street to C Street Project.

Megan Berry (right) and Mike Davidson (middle), engineers who worked on the Jackson Avenue Complete Street Project, accepted the Project of the Year Award for Transportation over $5 million from the Nevada chapter of the American Public Works Association. They are pictured with Brian Rowley (left), the APWA Nevada Secretary.

The Legacy of Rich Wood

Rich Wood Day, celebrated on the Friday closest to his birthday (April 14), we acknowledge Rich’s contributions to our firm and remember all of the great things he and Mark started together.

The Legacy of Rich Wood

Rich K. Wood was born on April 14th, 1964. He grew up in Napa, CA, and attended Sacramento State between 1983 and 1987.

Rich Wood with his mom Caye Wood

Sometime between 1990 and 1994, he met Mark Rodgers. They worked sitting lined up next to each other with everyone else, much like a classroom. The formality and restrictiveness of the setup didn’t sit well with Rich and Mark.

They talked about starting their own company, somewhere different than other engineering firms.

In 1996, Rich had had enough. He started his firm called RK Wood and Associates (there weren’t any associates – but it sounded nice).

Rich rented a basement office on J Street in Sacramento and sold his boat to buy a plotter. He made his money by doing consulting work for other firms.

In 1997, Mark joined Rich. Together they formed a company called – Wood Rodgers! When Rich Wood and Mark Rodgers started Wood Rodgers, they knew there was a better way to run an engineering firm: one that focused on the work, the clients, and the dedicated employees who came through the doors each day.

A Sacramento Business Journal newspaper article from September 2000
“Rich was my friend. I honestly have never met a person like him that had the drive, foresight intensity, charisma, and absolutely no fear of being different or taking chances. Those qualities still ring loud and clear through our Company today.” -Mark Rodgers

Rich served as president of the company from 1997 to 2009. He was never satisfied with the status quo – his life was always full of fun, exercise, and good times.

In 2009, Rich left Wood Rodgers to pursue other interests, the recession was not an option for Rich.

On March 14, 2013, Rich passed away in an accident at his home in San Francisco.

Rich Wood

Rich was always poised on the ‘up’ arrow. He can be described as working hard and playing hard. He had an infectious grin. This stood out in how he created, formed, and led Wood Rodgers.

Rich Wood Day, celebrated on the Friday closest to his birthday (April 14), we acknowledge Rich’s contributions to our firm and remember all of the great things he and Mark started together.

Many of the things we value most here at Wood Rodgers, started when two men decided to make an engineering company that was different from the rest.

Rich Wood and his dog Jay - Drawn by Leo Smiley
“One goal that I had when first starting the company was to create a special company. A company that was not like all the others. A company where you could wear shorts and flip-flops to work, while your suit was anxiously waiting, on a hangar behind the door. A company where things were casual, yet serious. Families, kids, and dogs were at the office all the time. The kitchen was better stocked than mine at home. We would have BBQs at lunch. We would work hard and play hard. Our office space would be comfortable, more like everyone's home. We would offer our employees freedom. How you got the job done was not as important as getting the job done. We would allow people to work from home. We would create a company of the future, not one like from the 1950’s. A company where everyone felt a little bit like an entrepreneur. The goal was to create a truly special company, different than all the rest!” — Rich Wood

Full Circle: The Return of Craig Spiess to Wood Rodgers

Wood Rodgers is pleased to announce the return of Craig Spiess, PLS to our survey and mapping department in Northern California after over 10 years away.

Full Circle: The Return of Craig Spiess to Wood Rodgers

The Full Circle Journey

On January 28th, 2024, Craig Spiess began his role as a Senior Associate at Wood Rodgers. Craig is no stranger to the company. In fact, Craig worked for Wood Rodgers for over 14 years.

For Craig working for an engineering company is in his blood. He started out working for his dad as a civil engineer, but something wasn’t right. He ended up finding his calling in land surveying.

In 1999, after his dad retired and his mentor came to work for Wood Rodgers, Craig followed and found his way here for the first time.

He credits this mentor as being the person who taught him everything he knows and helped him achieve one of his greatest accomplishments – becoming a licensed surveyor.

Craig felt the call to go back to his roots. In 2013 he left Wood Rodgers to head the survey department of the company that he had always associated with his dad and where he started his career. After, a few years he realized it was time to move on.

“They just weren’t running it the way my dad used to run it. The way it historically used to be run. I wanted to take the survey department in a certain direction. They didn’t want that. So, I just thought life is too short and I’ll move on…. And then the position opened up here in Roseville. So, Mike Motroni and a couple of others contacted me and asked me to come back… So, I am back at Wood Rodgers where I basically had my best working experience.”

A blast from the past! Throwback to 2010 to Craig’s initial stint with Wood Rodgers

“Take Your Time to Learn the Basics” – Craig Spiess, PLS

Surveyors see things most people don’t get to. The job is essential to engineering as it allows us to know the specific measurements of the shape and contours of the earth's surface before we begin a project.

This means they get to see the full construction process take place - seeing the blank slate before any blueprints are even drawn up to seeing the completion of a project.

This is Craig's favorite part of the job – seeing houses get built on his projects.

More than anything else, Craig is a mentor to others. He says his biggest accomplishment other than getting his own license is helping other surveyors get theirs.

“Just seeing how people have grown and become better people personally outside of work, inside of work, professionally, and everything like that, that’s probably been the most rewarding.

More About Craig

Craig Spiess is a California licensed Professional Land Surveyor with 31 years of experience in public and private sectors, commercial, and residential projects. His private sector work includes boundary retracement and subdivision work as it relates to land development. His work experience includes preparation, processing, and reviewing Records of Surveys, Parcel Maps, Subdivision Maps, Boundary Line Adjustments, Certificates of Compliance, Condominium Plans, and ALTA Surveys throughout Northern California. He performs and provides project management and coordination with local agencies for entitlement, mapping, planning, and surveying issues. Craig has regularly supervised field crews and provided support with survey calculations, solving field problems, and scheduling field crews with clients and construction contractors.

Meet Wood Rodgers' Newest Associates and Senior Associates

We are excited to announce the 2024 Wood Rodgers Associate and Senior Associate promotions!

Meet Wood Rodgers' Newest Associates and Senior Associates

This year, we are thrilled to announce the promotion of six employees to the Associate level. Additionally, we have introduced a new tier, Senior Associate, and we are proud to share that fifteen employees have been promoted in this inaugural group of Senior Associates. We are incredibly excited to recognize these individuals for their dedication and hard work. Join us in celebrating their well-deserved accomplishments!

All six newly promoted Associates

Associates

1. Craig Hensley | Senior Proposal Specialist |Sacramento

2. Rebecca Plant, PE | Project Engineer |Pleasanton

3. Hanalei Pruter | Assistant Controller | Orange

4. Jason Roberts | Marketing Manager | Roseville

5. Lorenzo Sanchez | Senior CAD Supervisor | Las Vegas

6. Alan Wong, PE | Project Engineer | Sacramento

Fifteen employees have been promoted to Senior Associate - a brand-new promotional level for Wood Rodgers!

Senior Associates

1. Tim Chamberlain | Principal Planner | Sacramento

2. Eddie Gosse, ME | Principal Engineer |Sacramento

3. Stacie Huggins | Principal Planner | Reno

4. Anthony Johnson, PE, SE | Principal Engineer |Roseville

5. Vance Jones | Principal Planner | Roseville

6. Shane Lynch, PE | Principal Engineer |Sacramento

7.  Mike Nowlan, PE, CFM | Principal Engineer |Sacramento

8.  Harvey Oslick, PE, CFM, CPSWQ, Env SP |Principal Engineer | Roseville

9.  Megan Overton, PE, LEED | Principal Engineer |Reno

10. Paul Petrowsky, PE | Director of Design Technology | Sacramento

11. Jason Reed, PE | Principal Engineer | Roseville

12. Steven Robinson, PE, TE | Principal Engineer |Roseville

13. Mickey Smith, PE, GE | Principal Engineer |Reno

14. Sean Spaeth, PG, PHG | Principal Hydrogeologist| Roseville

15. Sheng Tan, GISP | Director of GIS | Sacramento

Expanding our Transportation Department in our Orange office!

Wood Rodgers is pleased to announce that Jason Lemons, PE has joined our team as Principal Engineer and will lead our transportation engineering efforts in Orange County and the surrounding region.

Expanding our Transportation Department in our Orange office!

Wood Rodgers is pleased to announce that Jason Lemons, PE has joined our team as Principal Engineer and will lead our transportation engineering efforts in Orange County and the surrounding region. With 23 years of experience in engineering, leadership, and business development, we believe Jason will help us continue to achieve our mission of providing exceptional service to our clients and creating long-term value for society through our work.

New Principal in our Roseville Office!

Wood Rodgers is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hughes, PE as a Principal in our Roseville Water Flood & Drainage team.

New Principal in our Roseville Office!

Wood Rodgers is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hughes, PE as a Principal in our Roseville Water Flood & Drainage team. With over 35 years of experience managing large and complex design and construction projects, Michael brings a wealth of expertise to the team. His areas of specialization include landslide investigation and remediation, slope stability analysis, natural terrain hazard assessment, transportation, water resources, wastewater, and flood management.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Wood Rodgers team to expand the services we provide clients and to mentor the next generation of Water Resources professionals to grow Wood Rodgers’ capabilities into the future.”

– Michael Hughes, PE

SR89 and SR267 Corridor Strategic Implementation and Phasing Plan Win!

Wood Rodgers has recently been selected by Placer County to lead the SR89 and SR267 Corridor Strategic Implementation and Phasing Plan.

SR89 and SR267 Corridor Strategic Implementation and Phasing Plan Win!

Wood Rodgers has recently been selected by Placer County to lead the SR89 and SR267 Corridor Strategic Implementation and Phasing Plan. This plan is aimed at advancing the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan vision by transitioning it into a more comprehensive plan for continued project development within the Caltrans system. Wood Rodgers is proud to bring its highly skilled and adaptable team to the forefront of this effort, working towards a solution for the persistent and burgeoning recreational congestion in the area.

In collaboration with esteemed team members such as Mark Thomas, HDR, Kittelson & Associates, Ascent Environmental, and Monument, Wood Rodgers has assembled a group of experts with a wealth of collective experience and deep knowledge of the Tahoe Basin. Together, this dynamic team is committed to delivering the adaptability and expertise needed to successfully bring this project to fruition for the benefit of residents and visitors of Placer County, the Town of Truckee, and Lake Tahoe.

Learn more here: https://www.sierrasun.com/news/placer-county-commissions-plan-for-north-lake-tahoe-highway-transit-improvements/

Transportation Engineering Services in Southern California

We have a new addition to our team in Orange! Pranesh Tarikere, TE has joined Wood Rodgers to help grow our Transportation/Traffic services throughout the Southern California area.

Transportation Engineering Services in Southern California

We have a new addition to our team in Orange! Pranesh Tarikere, TE has joined Wood Rodgers to help grow our Transportation/Traffic services throughout the Southern California area.

Mr. Tarikere has over 19 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, and traffic analysis, serving as a consultant for private land development clients and public agencies in Southern California.

If you have any transportation needs in southern California reach out to us at info@woodrodgers.com

Nevada State Water Rights Surveyor

We have some great news! James Springgate is our Reno office's first Nevada State Water Rights Surveyor! Which means we can now do water rights survey maps and applications.

Nevada State Water Rights Surveyor

We have some great news! James Springgate is our Reno office's first Nevada State Water Rights Surveyor! Which means we can now do water rights survey maps and applications.

Here are some services we can now offer:

  • New water rights appropriations for development
  • Transfer of water rights between owners, uses, or adding additional rights to existing ones.
  • Changing points of diversion for uses, conveyances, or points of return.
  • Impoundment of water for large detention or retention ponds.
  • Mining development, mine remediation, and mining in general.
  • Jurisdictional work regarding canals, irrigation ditches, and other man-made conveyances.
  • Proof of completion of work, or proof of beneficial use.

This is just another way that we can deliver exceptional results to our clients!

Email us at info@woodrodgers.com for more information

Nellis Air Force Base Traffic Study Project Win!

Wood Rodgers has been chosen by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to provide traffic study and outreach services for the rapidly expanding area surrounding the Nellis Air Force Base (AFB).

Nellis Air Force Base Traffic Study Project Win!

We are pleased to share the exciting news that Wood Rodgers has been chosen by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to provide traffic study and outreach services for the rapidly expanding area surrounding the Nellis Air Force Base (AFB). Thanks to a Department of Defense grant this study will play a pivotal role in addressing the present and future challenges associated with the AFB’s growth and the dynamic development taking place adjacent to the base.

Building upon our successful completion of the Northeast Valley Transportation Network study, we possess invaluable institutional knowledge and a deep understanding of the pertinent issues, which seamlessly transitions to the current Nellis AFB Traffic Study. Collaborating with HDR, we have assembled an exceptional team with unparalleled expertise and experience to support the expansion of one of the nation’s most significant air force bases.

Wood Rodgers Attends ACEC California Legislative Visit Day

Our team had the opportunity to network with other industry leaders, engage in meaningful discussions on legislative matters, and visit legislative offices to advocate for our profession.

Wood Rodgers Attends ACEC California Legislative Visit Day

Last week our Sacramento office participated in the ACEC California Legislative Visit Day. Our team had the opportunity to network with other industry leaders, engage in meaningful discussions on legislative matters, and visit legislative offices to advocate for our profession. It was an insightful and impactful experience that strengthens our commitment to engineering excellence!

Happy 10 Year Anniversary | Ashley Verling!

I remember hearing all of the stories about people spending their 20's at Wood Rodgers and recently realized that I have now been there, done that.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary | Ashley Verling!

Surveyors Week March 19th-25th

Learn about two of our surveyors: David Brent - PLS, and Mike Long - PLS, for Surveyors Week 2023!

Surveyors Week March 19th-25th

David Brent, PLS – Associate Surveyor | 10 Years of Experience

1. Why/how did you get into Surveying?

Land surveying is a profession that I stumbled into after high school. It started off as a summer job on a field crew pounding construction stakes. I eventually ran my own field crew and then worked my way into the office.

2. What was your career path to get into Surveying?

For me, it was all on-the-job experience. I started off in the field and then transitioned into the office and started pursuing my professional license.

3. What is your favorite part of Surveying?

I enjoy the diversity of the projects we get to work on and the variety of services we provide. It has also been exciting to the see the advancements in technology within our industry since I first started.

4. What is your advice for anyone looking to get into Surveying?

If possible, try to find a mentor. I’ve had a few different mentors throughout my career and they’ve each contributed significantly to my growth as a land surveyor. Because there are so few college surveying programs out there, mentorship and on-the-job training are a great way to break into our profession.

Mike Long, PLS, CFedS – Director of Surveying | 40 Years of Experience

1. Why/how did you get into Surveying?

I was an Architectural draftsman and was asked to assist on a Survey crew. It was great to work outdoors using Survey instruments and to see how the data made its way onto paper.

2. What was your career path to get into Surveying?

My journey started with the US Army. My aptitude tests placed me into the Geodetic Survey program which I surprisingly excelled. This allowed me to work all over the country on a 3-person crew, including a 3-month project in Puerto Rico.

3. What is your favorite part of Surveying?

I enjoy working with talented people forming a team to complete a project.

4. What is your advice for anyone looking to get into Surveying?

Enroll in a Survey program. This will enlighten you on all the elements that make up Land Surveying. There are so many opportunities online and this will make you a well rounded Land Surveyor.

Happy 25 Year Anniversary | Martin Rodriguez

Wow! 25 years. It's hard to believe it's been that long. It really has been quite a ride.

Happy 25 Year Anniversary | Martin Rodriguez

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