Despite national public construction peak, Reno still lags behind

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Despite national public construction peak, Reno still lags behind

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Spending on public construction projects reached a four-year national peak in October. Despite a spike on the national level, Reno and Northern Nevada are not seeing an increase in funds.

Spending on public construction projects reached a four-year national peak in October. Despite a spike on the national level, Reno and Northern Nevada are not seeing increased funds.


Public construction for projects on highways, streets, and educational facilities totaled $908 billion in October, which is the highest level it's been since May of 2009. That's despite a dip in private residential and nonresidential activity. 

John Madole is the executive director for the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He says despite promising national numbers, Northern Nevada is lagging behind.

"Reno and Las Vegas are among the last communities in the country to probably come out of this construction depression. The situation on funding public works in Nevada is rather dire."

Madole says he's encouraged by activity on the private side, but on the public works side, there are many facilities that are not being maintained.

"We're starting to see leaky roofs, parking lots that are falling apart. There's not enough funding for public works, and it's an issue the legislature certainly needs to make a priority in 2015."

Madole says there are some local bright spots, including projects like the future completion of the Southeast Connector linking southeast Reno to Sparks, along with various sewer projects for the City of Reno.