NDOT Launches Landscape/Aesthetics Improvements at I-580/South Meadows Interchange
Through Sept. 18, single lane closures will take place on Interstate 580 at South Meadows Parkway Sunday through Thursday nights between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation has launched roadside landscape and aesthetics improvements on the South Meadows Parkway interchange underneath Interstate 580, including replacement of roadside noxious weeds with native plants.
Through Sept. 18, single lane closures will take place on I-580 at South Meadows Parkway Sunday through Thursday nights between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Future periodic overnight lane closures will also take place for construction, and motorists will see shoulder closures of interchange ramps and roadways. Drivers are advised to anticipate and yield to heavy equipment accessing the work site. Construction is anticipated to complete at the end of this year.
Metal cattle sculptures and ranching designs will be painted on the South Meadows Parkway bridge underneath I-580, representing well-known ranches such as the Double Diamond Ranch which once stood in south Reno. The invasive Whitetop weed which crowds out beneficial native plants will be replaced with native grasses and flowers, including plants to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The previous dirt roadsides will be graded with channels to manage storm waters, and decorative rock work placed to beautify the area and reduce soil erosion.
Such landscape and aesthetics are used to enhance and define roadway corridors, reflect the heritage and culture of communities and further an area’s tourism and economic development potential. By engaging drivers in their surroundings, landscaping and aesthetics can also make motorists more aware of the roadway, enhancing traffic safety. The project by contractor Q&D Construction is part of landscape and aesthetic designs for five I-580 interchanges, all themed around Truckee Meadows history and following NDOT’s U.S. 395/I-580 Landscape and Aesthetics Corridor Plan.