About NDOT gives you a little history of our Department and shows you how we are organized regionally within the great State of Nevada. We hope to assist you when you need to contact us or request information about our department and we hope to make your travels in Nevada easier and more pleasant.
History and Responsibilities
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 approximately $600,000,000/per year of capital outlays to maintain and improve Nevada's highways.
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
Provide, operate, and preserve a transportation system that enhances safety, quality of life and economic development through innovation, environmental stewardship and a dedicated workforce.
To be a leader and partner in delivering effective transportation solutions for a safe and connected Nevada.
Our Core Values:
Respect – Treat others with dignity and value their contributions
Integrity – Do the right thing
Accountability – Take pride in our work and be accountable for our actions.
Communication – Communicate with transparency and responsiveness both internally and externally
Teamwork – Foster collaborative and effective partnerships both internally and externally
Flexibility – Be responsive to changing conditions and open to new ideas
Cultivate environmental stewardship
Efficiently operate and maintain the transportation system in Nevada
Promote internal and external customer service
Enhance organizational and workforce development