NDOT wants public feedback on Spaghetti Bowl

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for improvements to the Reno-Sparks Spaghetti Bowl and metro interstates.

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As part of fast-tracking future major improvements to the Spaghetti Bowl and neighboring interstates, NDOT hosted a series of public meetings to gather input on preliminary concepts for enhancing traffic safety and mobility. NDOT reports it also performed technical evaluations, "studying potential project-related impacts to neighborhoods, businesses, parks and other nearby resources per National Environmental Policy Act requirements."

The feedback and research has been compiled into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is now available for public review and comment. The document recommends interstate improvements aimed at enhancing traffic safety and mobility:

• Construct higher-speed, direct-connect Spaghetti Bowl ramps

• Add additional interstate lanes in certain areas

• Reduce merging and weaving at interstate interchanges near the Spaghetti Bowl with ramp improvements

• Interstate shoulder, landscape and aesthetics and other enhancements

Comments can be submitted by January 15, 2019 via e-mail at dkeller@dot.nv.gov or by mail to Dale Keller, NDOT project manager, at 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712.

Those interested can also provide public feedback by attending a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12 between 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, room A-3, at 4590 South Virginia St. in Reno.

Following finalization of the Environmental Impact Statement, the freeway improvements may then be designed and built in phases over subsequent years and decades. The first phase, tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2020, will realign eastbound Interstate 80 lanes between Wells Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl and widen the eastbound I-80 to southbound I-580 Spaghetti Bowl ramp to two lanes. Auxiliary merge lanes and improved ramps would also be added on southbound I-580 between the Spaghetti Bowl and Plumb Lane.