Phase Two Begins of I-580/Moana Lane Diverging Diamond Interchange

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On Tuesday, more orange cones are going up on Moana and I-580 as phase two of the I-580/Moana Lane Diverging Diamond Interchange Project officially begins.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says phase one of the project is on schedule to be completed by the middle of October. Phase one includes reconstruction of the southbound off-ramp.

During phase two, there will be several new closures. These closures will be 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week until approximately November 21st.

* I-580 northbound on and off ramps
* I-580 southbound on-ramp to eastbound Moana Lane. The southbound to westbound movement will be open beginning October 9th.
* Moana Lane underneath I-580 from just west of the southbound off-ramp to just east of the northbound off-ramp. Pedestrians will have access to this part of the road.

The 6.9 million dollar project is the first of its kind in Nevada. This is also the first project in northern Nevada to include "green" bike lanes, aimed at making it safer for bicyclists on the road.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange gets its name from the diamond weave pattern drivers must make to get through the intersection, forcing them to drive on the left and side of the road in some portions.

While it may seem confusing, drivers will actually have cement barriers to follow making traffic flow smoother.

During construction, drivers are encouraged to use Plumb Lane or the Virginia Street and Kietzke Lane exits.

If you'd like to see what the completed project will look like, go to the Hot Topics section of our webchannel.