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November 8, 2023

Meg Ragonese, Public Information Officer
Phone: 775.443.5926
Email: mragonese@dot.nv.gov

Drivers Encouraged to Plan Ahead As NDOT Launches Multi-year Improvements to U.S. 395 North Valleys

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and sign up for free project construction alerts as the Nevada Department of Transportation launches preliminary construction of a multi-year project to widen and improve U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.

Beginning the evening of Nov. 12, approximately four miles of U.S. 395 will be widened, repaved and improved between North McCarran Boulevard and Golden Valley Road. Drivers should plan ahead and leave extra travel time as the following traffic changes take place:
24/7 Lane Shifts and Speed Reductions
  • Lanes will be slightly reduced in width and shifted in the work zone 24/7.
  • Speeds will be reduced to 55mph 24/7 through the work zone.
Overnight Lane and Ramp Closures
  • Through winter, all lanes are anticipated to remain open for travel during daytime commute hours.
  • Overnight lane closures will take place, with highway lanes reduced to a minimum of one lane in each direction:
    • Northbound U.S. 395: lanes reduced between 8 p.m. and 11 a.m.
    • Southbound U.S. 395: lanes reduced between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Intermittent ramp closures will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday evenings through Saturday mornings. No two consecutive ramps will be closed in the same direction, and detour routes will be marked.
  • Construction schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.
  • Beginning in spring 2024, NDOT advises drivers to anticipate additional major construction impacts, including northbound U.S. 395 being reduced to two lanes and extended closure of North Virginia Street access to northbound U.S. 395 for bridge construction.
Cars and trucks travel on U.S. 395 through North Valleys in Reno, Nevada
Cars and trucks travel on U.S. 395 through North Valleys in Reno, Nevada

With major construction scheduled to take place through the end of 2025, NDOT is encouraging drivers to sign up for the following traffic alerts:

  • Text “NorthValleys” to 866-540-8466 to sign up for construction text alerts.
  • Contact the project hotline at (775) 636-4202.
  • Visit 395NorthValleys.com for project information and updates.

Traffic volumes on the highway have increased 28 percent from 64,000 in 2011 to 82,500 vehicles per day in 2021. The following improvements will be made to enhance traffic mobility and safety on the heavily-traveled corridor:

  • Add additional lane to southbound U.S. 395 between north McCarran Boulevard and Golden Valley Road. This new lane will be constructed in the median of the southbound freeway.
  • Construct additional merge (auxiliary) lanes between each freeway ramp in both directions of U.S. 395 between north McCarran Boulevard and Golden Valley Road.
  • Construct a “braided” freeway ramp along northbound U.S. 395 between the Panther Valley on-ramp and Golden Valley Road for safer, smoother traffic flow, similar to southbound I-580 ramps at Mill and Second streets.
  • Repave both directions of U.S. 395 between north McCarran Boulevard and Golden Valley Road.
  • Construction of five new sound walls, retaining walls, and aesthetic elements highlighting the gateway to the City of Reno and roadside ground treatments such as native plantings and rock.
  • Add paved shoulders of up to 12 feet to provide room for enhanced incident management and roadside response.

In future years, NDOT plans an additional phase of improvements which will widen, repave, and improve neighboring sections of U.S. 395 between Golden Valley Road and Stead Boulevard. Information on available phases is available at dot.nv.gov/northvalleys.

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTReno on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.