The Nevada Department of Transportation’s Northbound 395 Improvement Project, recently completed five months ahead of schedule on Reno’s busiest freeway, has been recognized with an America’s Transportation Award for time-saving and quality construction.
The western regional award for ahead-of-schedule completion, granted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, recognizes the project as the best medium-scale project in western states for early completion of quality, innovative road improvements that save both taxpayer time and money. Involvement with the surrounding community was also recognized.
The approximately $31 million project, constructed by Granite Construction in conjunction with Diversified Consulting Services, widened northbound U.S. 395 in many areas between Moana Lane and Interstate 80. The I-80 westbound exit ramp was relocated, separating the westbound and eastbound exit ramps for safer and less concentrated merging. Bridges, ramps, landscaping, signage and other transportation systems also were improved to relieve congestion and enhance traffic flow.
Working with stakeholders as well as structured construction partnering, including weekly meetings and project walk-throughs to quickly identify project opportunities, and a full public outreach plan that helped make the public aware of any travel-related impacts, were used to substantially complete the project five months ahead of schedule. The project also utilized innovative construction techniques that were recognized by the award, such as using recycled asphalt and concrete to save approximately $188,000 and construction scheduling changes allowing crews to work on multiple construction phases concurrently.
With as many as 140,000 vehicles traveling this main north-south Reno corridor daily, the project now helps to drastically reduce commute time to travel the three miles of U.S. 395 northbound between Moana Lane and I-80.
“The project was exemplary in so many ways,” explained NDOT Director Susan Martinovich. “Partnering with our contractors, implementing quality and time-saving construction, and receiving support from the public made this project a huge success.”
If the NDOT project is ranked one of the top 10 America’s Transportation Award winners across the nation, it will be in the running for the America's Transportation Award Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award this fall.