RENO, NV - Nevada’s Department of Transportation says the project is part of a $30,000,000 expansion of 395 North. NDOT says its policy is to devote 3% of the total cost of a highway project to landscaping. It began down in Southern Nevada. The projects at Mill Street and Glendale Avenue are the first for Northern Nevada.
The newest addition to the landscaping at Mill and 395 are galloping horses stretched across the overpass.
Lanes are closed down while workers finish with the design.
Devin Palmer with Mr. Hubcap and Wheel says he's been watching the developments over the months and years here.
He may have the same reaction you do.
“I think it looks nice, so far, it looks nice. So far, one of my main concerns is, is it worth it or not with the cost. I know it’s expensive. I've seen all the guys out here,” says Palmer.
According to Nevada's Department of Transportation, about 1.2 million dollars went toward the landscaping at Mill and Glendale combined.
Besides this horse banner, at Mill there are several decorative walls.
One with stars, at the sun wall there will be a small waterfall should we ever get any rain again.
While trees were removed from the original site, they will be replaced with other trees.
All should be complete within a couple of months.
Still many would ask why?
“The Glendale inter change, was once mentioned by a city staff member as a place where NDOT has a scorched earth policy. He was mentioning that in jest. And it’s as I mentioned it's a real important to the quality of life. We have a tourist based economy we want to aid,” says NDOT’S Senior Landscaping Architect, John Letoile.
Besides the aesthetics, there have been practical improvements made to the intersections as well--like crosswalks that are handicapped accessible.
Streets are widened to accommodate more traffic.
The US 395 north widening, along with on and off ramp construction and landscaping should be complete by early summer.