RENO, NV -- Vehicles may no longer get on US395/I-580 at Moana Lane as construction continues in the ramp areas. You may also no longer drive under the freeway on Moana. When the project is complete, traffic will move in a 'diverging diamond' configuration -- vehicles will be moved to the opposite side of the road when getting on the freeway. The $6.9 million dollar project is still less pricey than widening what's already there, according to the project manager.
The Nevada Department of Transportation project is one of two happening in the area -- it's taking place adjacent to the Regional Transportation Commission's Moana Lane widening project. There are lane closures in the area of Kietzke and Moana, making for traffic tie-ups.
The manager of a Subway restaurant nearby said business has dropped off amid the traffic congestion.
"I've had to lay off half of my employees, cut their hours," the restaurant's manager said. She said the restaurant is now offering 'construction specials' to attract customers.
Adam Searcy, the project manager for the freeway construction, said he anticipates the ramp closures will remain until around Thanksgiving. The widening project will be complete late this year.
Currently, you can only get off the freeway at Moana if you are going southbound. All other ramps are closed at Moana. The latest closures are the beginning of the second phase of the project. The southbound off-ramp was completed during the first phase.
The finished freeway project will accommodate a higher traffic volume, according to Searcy.
To get on the freeway, you are encouraged to use Plumb Lane instead of Moana.