Date Published: 2011-11-17
Contact: Meg Ragonese
Phone: (775) 888-7172
Title: I-80 Carlin Interchanges Improvement Project Begins
An improvement project to enhance the west and central Carlin Interstate 80 interchanges has begun, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced.
The project will add a westbound off-ramp and eastbound on-ramp at the west Carlin interchange for increased access between I-80 and State Route 278. A concrete box culvert will also be extended.
Separately at the central Carlin interchange, the eastbound off-ramp will be widened, the State Route 766 overpass over I-80 will be widened for pedestrian improvements and a northbound acceleration lane added on the state route.
Construction is scheduled to complete by fall 2012. The approximately $7 million construction project by contractor Q & D Construction will increase access and improve safety.
Intermittent lane closures will be in effect on I-80 to safely guide motorists through the project area. Flaggers and traffic control will also be in place near the SR 278 and Chestnut Street intersection in west Carlin. Motorists are advised to drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. Updated Nevada road conditions and construction information are available by dialing 511 before driving. NDOT also offers safe work zone driving tips on-line at www.nevadadot.com/safety.
SAFE WORK ZONE DRIVING TIPS
∙ Always buckle up.
∙ Pay attention. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed and people and vehicles may be working near the road.
∙ Always slow to posted work zone speed limits.
∙ Remember that even if it may not seem that workers are present, work is still ongoing and speed limits must be observed.
∙ Continue to pay attention to work zone signs, even in areas of long-term road work.
∙ Remain calm. Remember that work zones are not there to inconvenience you- they are necessary to improve the roadway.