Freeway extension to save drivers time in Carson City

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Northern Nevadans will likely all agree that it will be nice to no longer be forced onto Fairview drive, when all you want to do is keep heading south.

But how much time will the new Carson City I-580 freeway extension actually save? We did a test.

First we drove the old route, going west on Fairview, and making a turn on Carson Street, and heading south to what is now an intersection of US 50, US 395, and I-580. We got there in just under eight minutes.

NDOT then escorted us on the new freeway, and locking in at 65 miles per hour, we arrived at the intersection in about three minutes and 20 seconds.

When the clock hit three and a half minutes on our first drive, we were sitting at the light on Carson and Fairview.

Nevada used to be only one of the few states that did not have an Interstate highway running through its capital city. The others are: Juneau, AK; Dover, DE; Jefferson City, MO, and Pierre, SD.

Construction of the total nine-mile stretch of freeway in Carson City began back in 2000, and not surprisingly was not cheap, costing $200 million in federal, state and local transportation funds to complete.

So depending on lights and traffic the new freeway could save you upwards of five minutes if you are headed to lake Tahoe, the Minden area, or just to south Carson.