Northern Nevadans Got a Rare, Close-Up Look at the New I-580 Freeway

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, Nev. -- It's been years in the making... but the I-580 project is almost done.

Today the public got a close-up look at the one of the last pieces - they were invited to bike or walk the new highway from the Galena Creek Bridge down to Mt. Rose Highway.

The new I-580 is three lanes in each direction with a 65-mile and hour speed limit. Bikes and pedestrians won't be allowed on the highway once it officially opens, so Saturday's event was a rare opportunity for bikers and joggers to take in the views from the longest concrete cathedral arch bridge in the nation.

Total project cost was about $550 million.

Scott Magruder of the Nevada Department of Transportation says, "Its the single largest contract ever. Fisher Industries got the $400 million contract and CC Meyers built the bridges. They started in January of 2007 but the project was basically a vision back in the 60s and 70s and so essentially it connects the interstate system at the Spaghetti Bowl and it'll go about 40 miles all the way down to Carson City so this is one of the last big pieces of the puzzle."

There's a ribbon cutting ceremony next week, and the hope is to officially open the new lanes by the middle of next month.

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