History and Mission
NDOT was established in 1917 under the name of the Nevada Department of Highways. Until 1917, the state did not participate in any road improvements. The 1917 Legislature gave the state engineer general supervision of road work which was performed by convict labor. An appropriation of $20,000 was made, but the funds were quickly exhausted and all work ceased later that same year.
When the 1917 Legislature passed the State Highway Law, Nevada began an active roadway program, which has grown to more than $500,000,000/per year of capital outlays to maintain and improve Nevada's highways.
View the Nevada State Library and Archives' article on NDOT history for more.
The mission of the Nevada Department of Transportation is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts.
The department is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the 5,400 miles of highway and over 1,000 bridges which make up the state highway system. The department is divided into three districts, with a district engineer and assistant engineers in each. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT's headquarters building is located in Carson City, with the three main district offices located in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. Major maintenance stations are in Ely, Tonopah and Winnemucca. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member Board of Directors and directed by Senior Staff.
Transportation no longer means highways alone, but rather an integration of travel by rail, bike, air or bus. The department also oversees various allied projects from the Adopt-a-Highway program to the maintenance of State Historical Markers.
Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Goals
Providing a better transportation system for Nevada through our unified and dedicated efforts.
The nation’s leader in delivering transportation solutions, improving Nevada’s quality of life.
Our Core Values:
- Integrity – Doing the right thing.
- Honesty – Being truthful in your actions and your words.
- Respect – Treating others with dignity.
- Commitment – Putting the needs of the Department first.
- Accountability – Being responsible for your actions.
As one NDOT, our employees are key to successfully accomplishing our mission.
- Optimize safety.
- Be in touch with and responsive to our customers.
- Be the employer of choice.
- Deliver timely and beneficial projects and programs.
- Effectively preserve and manage our assets.
- Efficiently operate the transportation system.