January. 10, 2013
The year 2012 saw the Nevada Department of Transportation complete a record number of major highway improvement projects in northern Nevada:
I-580 Freeway from Mt. Rose Highway to Washoe Valley. NDOT and Fisher Industries completed the $400 million freeway extension between Reno and Carson City. The 8.4 mile freeway the runs along the west side of U.S. 395 between the Mt. Rose Highway and Washoe Valley and involved constructing nine bridges including the 1,722 foot-long Galena Creek Bridge. The project began in January of 2007 and opened to traffic in August after a Saturday fun-run and bike-ride event attended by thousands of people.
I-580/Moana Lane Diverging Diamond Interchange. The first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in the state was competed at the I-580/Moana Lane intersection after an aggressive two month work schedule. The $7 million project, awarded to Granite Construction Co., began in September and was completed in mid-November. Along with the RTC’s widening of Moana Lane, motorists are now seeing less congestion and better access to businesses along the corridor.
I-580/Meadowood Interchange. The $22 million project, a cooperative effort between NDOT and RTC, was northern Nevada’s only Federal Stimulus project and involved construction of new partial interchange along with frontage/access roads that will help reduce congestion at the busy South McCarran and South Virginia Street intersection near Meadowood Mall. The new interchange, awarded to Meadow Valley Contractors, gives motorists a new I-580 northbound on-ramp and southbound off-ramp.
I-80 Design/Build from Robb Drive to Vista Boulevard. Northern Nevada’s first Design Build project was completed in November. The $72 million improvement project, awarded to Granite Construction and Atkins, involved reconstructing I-80 from West Fourth Street to Keystone Avenue; widening to six lanes I-80 in Sparks from East McCarran Boulevard to Vista Boulevard including a new westbound on-ramp from Sparks Boulevard; installing new Intelligent Transportation System web cameras and Dynamic Message Signs; and new aesthetic and landscaping improvements along the corridor.
NDOT and Q&D Construction also completed ahead of schedule three major improvement projects on S.R. 28/431 at Incline Village.
- S.R. 28 from S.R. 431 to Crystal Bayin Lake Tahoe. $5.6 million. Erosion control project was completed in October.
- S.R. 28/431 intersection. $2.4 million. A new roundabout at this intersection was completed ahead of schedule in October making it safer for motorists.
- S.R. 431/Mt. Rose Highway from the summit to S.R. 28. $5.3 million. Erosion control project.
S.R. 341, Geiger Grade, from U.S. 395 to Virginia City. The $7 million project awarded to SNC to resurface 10 miles of Geiger Grade was completed in November,
U.S. 395 from Minden to Carson City. The $13 million resurfacing project, awarded to Teichert Construction, was completed in November.
Other Major NDOT Accomplishments
Intelligent Transportation System Projects
Intelligent Transportation Systems are technologies that create safer and more efficient roadway travel. ITS components include digital freeway message signs, ramp meters and traffic flow detectors and closed-circuit television systems. ITS components were installed on various projects, including I-15 South Design-Build and U.S. 95 Widening Phase 1.
Expanded Outreach to DBEs
A small group of contractors have taken a giant step in a positive direction. They are a part of a NDOT’s pilot program, DBE Empowerment Connections (DEC), whose focus is bringing general contractors and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) together to develop new business relationships for upcoming projects. The new program was one of several new offerings from NDOT’s Civil Rights Office in 2012. The office held a bidding opportunity meeting in August on the F Street Corridor project to inform DBEs of bidding opportunities, unveiled an advanced search featured on its Certified DBE Vendors list that allows users to locate DBE companies and also set an NDOT record with DBEs participating in more than 9 percent of the department’s federally-assisted projects.
Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.