Pricey, Scenic Northern Nevada Freeway Opens Soon

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Built on the side of mountains, the soon-to-open $550 million Interstate 580 freeway between Reno and Washoe Valley is not only the most expensive single highway project in Nevada history, but also is destined to become one of the most scenic roads in the state.

Along the 8½-mile stretch of freeway, one can spy scenes of downtown Reno to the north, Carson City to the south and the exclusive Galena Creek development to the west, all while riding 300 feet above the valley floor.

The six-lane freeway will save Reno-to-Carson City commuters about six minutes compared with traveling along the U.S. Highway 395 surface road through Pleasant Valley.

About 25,000 vehicles a day will save those precious minutes starting around Aug. 11, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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