NDOT begins work on final design of 395 North Valleys Project

RENO, NV (KOLO) -- It’s something most North Valleys residents can't get around, traffic on US 395. But Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) says it is slowly moving toward fixing that issue.

NDOT has started work on the final design, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The project is broken up into two phases, with the first phase from North McCarran to Lemmon Drive and the second phase from Lemmon Drive to Stead Blvd.

For phase one, NDOT plans to add an additional lane for southbound traffic, adding a merging lane between each freeway ramp on both sides, repave the highway, replace the Parr/Dandini Blvd Bridge and install a diamond interchange underneath U.S. 395 at Lemmon Drive.

"The bigger comment I hear is, can we go faster?" says NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez. “We are trying, we are actually moving fast as we can now with all the information we have to gather to incorporate into the design, we are moving pretty fast."

Rodriguez says the reason the final design won’t be completed until the end of 2020 is that his team is soil testing and identifying underground utilities.

NDOT expects to start construction in late 2021.

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