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Date Published: 2013-10-24

Contact: Scott Magruder

Phone: (775) 888-7777

Title: I-580 Freeway Project Wins ENR Southwest’s Best Highway Award

Story Text:

The I-580 freeway extension project, northern Nevada's largest road construction project ever, recently was named "Southwest's Best Highway and Bridge Project" by Engineer News-Record magazine, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Opened in the summer of 2012, the 8.5 mile, six-lane freeway connects Carson City to the interstate system in Reno and eliminates one of the worst safety hazards in the state.

The old U.S. 395 south of Reno is an undivided, four-lane highway that runs through the residential areas of Steamboat, Pleasant Valley and Washoe City.  Before the freeway was constructed, this was the only all weather route from South Lake Tahoe, Douglas County, Lyon County and Carson City to the Reno metropolitan area and the busy Reno-Tahoe airport.  It was also Nevada's busiest rural four-lane road with an annual daily traffic of 40,000 vehicles.

There were more than 90 projects in 19 categories entered by project owners, contractors, architects and others in the contest.