Nevada Department Of Transportation Starts Final Leg Of Carson City Freeway Project

Posted By on June 15, 2015

Nevada Department of Transportation

 CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation will start construction on the final leg of the Carson City Freeway project on June 15.

Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation

Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation

The approximately $42 million project to be constructed by Road and Highway Builders will pave and open the last approximately four miles of the freeway to traffic between Fairview Drive and the Spooner/U.S. 50 junction in south Carson City, including construction of sound walls and drainage features. The project is expected to complete, opening the final segment of freeway to traffic, in 2017.

The new intersection of the Carson City Freeway and U.S. 50 at Spooner junction is planned as a signalized, at-grade intersection. A free right turn lane between southbound Carson Street and westbound U.S. 50 to Lake Tahoe will be part of the project to allow slow-speed right hand turns. To balance the transportation and safety needs of both motorists and pedestrians, NDOT added the turn lane following public input received at a September 2014 public meeting. With funding from federal transportation funds, the state highway fund and Carson City, the project is aimed at increasing traffic mobility and safety with an interstate bypass alternative to help remove through-traffic congestion from downtown Carson City. An estimated 43,000 vehicles daily are projected to use the section of freeway by 2035.

The previous construction phase wrapped up last summer, including excavation of nearly 300,000 cubic yards of earth for both drainage detention basins and roadway, construction of nearly two and a half miles of storm drain and sewer and water lines and placement of 15,000-plus tons of base and paving. That previous construction laid the groundwork for the upcoming phase of the project.

Drivers can anticipate periodic lane closures on South Carson Street near the U.S. 50 intersection during construction.

Further project information is available at or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

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