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I-80 Construction West of Reno Begins for Season

Overnight lane and ramp closures have begun on Interstate 80 west of Reno this week as NDOT begins the second construction season of a multi-year project to repave the interstate

Post Date:03/12/2019 1:14 PM

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Overnight lane and ramp closures have begun on Interstate 80 west of Reno this week as the Nevada Department of Transportation begins the second construction season of a multi-year project to repave the interstate.

Beginning the week of March 10 through late 2019, drivers will see the following road work on both directions of I-80 from Keystone Avenue west to the state line:

  • Overnight interstate lane closures will take place 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Sunday evenings through Friday mornings, with periodic evening and overnight lane closures on weekends

One lane of interstate will remain open in each direction during construction

  • Short-term overnight interstate ramp closures will also take place between 9 p.m.-5 a.m. nightly, excluding Saturday nights. No two consecutive ramps will be closed at the same time.
  • Minor lane shifts and overnight single lane closures and reduced speed limits are in place on I-80 from west of Gold Ranch to the Nevada-California state line as crews install enhanced drainage and construct slope improvements
  • The widened roadway shoulder area on westbound I-80 west of Boomtown/Garson Road interchange exit 4 is temporarily closed for road improvements
  • Travel delays of no more than 30 minutes are to be expected through the work zone
  • Motorists are advised to slow to posted speed limits and travel safely through road work zones

Begun in the spring of 2018, the multi-year 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.

The section of interstate was last fully reconstructed in 2003, with minor surface paving in more recent years. For traveler safety, NDOT made emergency repairs in early 2017 to fill potholes on this same segment of interstate created by heavy precipitation during the early 2017 floods.

Project information is available at I80RenoWest.com or by calling (775) 870-8080.
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