NDOT Encourages Commuters to Sign up For Text/E-mail Alerts as Major Paving Begins on I-80 Resurfacing Project
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Over the past two months, the Nevada Department of Transportation has been making improvements to Interstate 80 west of Reno as part of a roadway resurfacing project. As paving to resurface the interstate begins Sunday evening, July 8, NDOT encourages commuters to sign up for free project-related lane and ramp closure e-mail or text alerts.
Community members can text I80RenoWest to 797979 or log onto I80RenoWest.com to sign up for the project text and e-mail alerts on project-related lane and ramp closures. The alerts are free, excluding usage charges imposed by providers.
Since the project began in early May, water quality improvements have been made, including installation of two large water quality basins that remove sediment from roadway runoff. Roadside slopes and ditches have been covered with rock or paved to reduce erosion and promote vegetation. Several bridges have been resurfaced with a durable protective coating.
As interstate paving begins, the following overnight lane and ramp closures will continue on both directions of I-80 from Keystone Avenue west to the state line:
- Overnight single lane closures will take place weekdays 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., with periodic evening and overnight lane closures on weekends
- Construction will take place spring-fall 2018 and spring-fall 2019, with a winter construction shutdown
- While paving work will predominantly take place on westbound I-80 in 2018 and on eastbound I-80 in 2019, drivers should anticipate single lane closures on both directions of interstate during both construction seasons for drainage and other road improvements
- One lane of interstate will remain open in each direction during construction
- Short-term overnight interstate ramp closures will also take place
- Travel delays of no more than 30 minutes are to be expected through the work zone
The project will resurface both directions of I-80 between Keystone Avenue in Reno and the Nevada-California border. Approximately four inches of the roadway surface will be removed and repaved on more than 12 miles of interstate. Milled asphalt will be reused by being reincorporated into the new asphalt surface.
NDOT currently places “Wrong Way” signs on all interstate ramps to notify drivers errantly entering in the wrong direction. Additional flashing warning signals and detection systems will be added to I-80 ramps in the area as a highly-visible and additional indication to help stop drivers from entering the wrong way, ultimately enhancing freeway safety.
Merge lanes will also be lengthened from West Fourth Street to westbound I-80 near Mogul and the Gold Ranch exit to eastbound I-80, as well as certain other exits. Several roadside shoulders will be widened and roadside barrier rail improvements made as well. As part of NDOT’s dedication to preserving the quality of stormwater crossing state roadways, roadside drainage and water treatment features will be enhanced.
The more than $42 million in improvements by contractor Q&D Construction will enhance the interstate for the as many as 79,000 motorists who travel it daily.Project information is available at I80RenoWest.com or by calling (775) 870-8080.