NDOT: Overnight lane closures on I-80 and U.S. 395/I-580 to begin on Monday

NDOT: Overnight lane closures on I-80 and U.S. 395/I-580 to begin on Monday

Two major repaving projects that will take place overnight on Interstate 80 west of Reno and U.S. 395/I-580 near the Spaghetti Bowl are set to begin on Sunday, May 13th, as the Nevada Department of Transportation embarks on a multi-year project to replace an aging roadway surface.

I-80 from Keystone Avenue west to the state line

Beginning Sunday, May 13 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 single lane closures will take place weekdays 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., with periodic evening and overnight lane closures on weekends

During the week of May 13, construction will take place on westbound I-80 between Keystone Avenue and Robb Drive:

  • 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 in both direction 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, awarded to 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.

U.S. 395/I-580 near the Spaghetti Bowl

Overnight lane and ramp closures will take place on Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 near the Reno spaghetti bowl as NDOT begins a summer-long project to replace an aging roadway surface.

During the week of May 13, both Interstate 80 to northbound U.S. 395 spaghetti bowl ramps will intermittently be closed between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and overnight lane closures in place on northbound U.S. 395 between the spaghetti bowl and north McCarran Boulevard.

Road work will then continue through late fall, with the following lane and ramp closures and speed limit reductions in various areas of I-580 and U.S. 395 between Second Street and north McCarran Boulevard:

Overnight Lane and Ramp Closures

  • Sunday evenings through Friday mornings from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • A minimum of one lane will remain open in both directions during construction.
  • No two adjoining ramps will be closed at the same time, and marked detours will be available for all ramp closures.
  • Work is anticipated to complete in late fall.

Reduced Speed Limits

  • Overnight speed limits will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone.
  • For driver safety, speed limits of 55 mph will be in place during daytime hours.

The majority of work is taking place during overnight hours to reduce disruption to daytime commute travel.

Sections of concrete roadway will be excavated and replaced with nearly 13,000 tons of new asphalt on both directions of U.S. 395 and I-580 between Second Street and north McCarran Boulevard. Minor cracking in other segments of concrete surface will be filled and sealed. The concrete is nearly 45 years old in certain areas. Milled concrete will be reused as roadway shoulder material.

The Clear Acre Lane to southbound U.S. 395 ramp will also be extended to merge into the McCarran Boulevard ramp to southbound U.S. 395, creating a longer and safer merge area. Improvements will also be made to the exterior concrete of select bridges.

The approximately $8 million in interim improvements by contractor Road and Highway Builders will provide for a safer and smoother drive as NDOT fast-tracks plans for future major spaghetti bowl renovations and improvements to U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.

In recent years, NDOT has resurfaced various other spaghetti bowl ramps, as well as completely reconstructed four lanes of deteriorating concrete on southbound I-580 between Mill Street and Villanova Drive. Although nearby, the sections of interstate to be resurfaced are not the same areas previously reconstructed.

As many as 160,000 motorists travel on U.S. 395 through the spaghetti bowl daily.

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