Road construction in the Reno / Tahoe area is constant during the warmer spring and summer months. Learn about Reno road construction projects and what to expect on the highways when driving in the Reno / Tahoe region.
Interstate 80 (I80) West of Reno
Interstate 80 (I80) is the main and most direct east-west route from Reno and over the Sierra Nevada mountains to California. It is undergoing a major, multi-year construction project involving numerous sections of highway from the Nevada/California state line to Colfax, CA.
Motorists can expect restricted traffic and delays 24/7 while the project is active.
U.S. 395 in Reno
The Northbound U.S. 395 Improvement Project in Reno will create a traffic slowing bottleneck for about three miles where 395 approaches the intersection with I80 (known as the Spaghetti Bowl). Motorists and commuters will experience delays for about 18 months. New northbound traffic lanes on 395 will open in late 2011, with project completion scheduled for early 2012.
Road Closures in Reno and Washoe County
To find out where streets in Reno are under construction or otherwise blocked to traffic, check the city's Road Closures & Restrictions. For similar information about Washoe County, refer to Road Project Summary Reports from the Regional Transportation Commission.
Around Lake Tahoe
There are several highway projects affecting road travel around Lake Tahoe. Much of the work is actually designed to protect Lake Tahoe water quality by improving drainage systems to capture stormwater runoff and filter out dirt, oil, and debris before they can pollute the lake.
The TahoeRoads.com website has details, including an interactive map showing where work is being done and providing details about each project.
All Around Nevada
Check the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) website for information on highway construction projects throughout the state. If you are traveling away from the Reno / Tahoe area, this is a good place to see what's going on along the route you plan on taking.
The site has an interactive map that shows construction zones, provides descriptions of the work, and displays current road conditions.
Highway 50 Closure at Echo Summit
Starting on Wednesday, May 11, U.S. 50 will be closed at Echo Summit for about two weeks. That's the Sierra pass above the southwest corner of the Lake Tahoe Basin. There are, however, other ways around for those needing to cross the Sierra south of Lake Tahoe. The main detour involves Highways 88, 49, and 16. The detours add up to 35 miles to the trip and extra time, but you'll get to travel through California's Gold Country and perhaps visit some places you haven't seen before.
Sources: Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).