Courtesy Nevada Department of Transportation
Minor detours and lane shifts will begin this week on U.S. 50 in Stagecoach as part of a Nevada Department of Transportation project to widen the highway. As part of the project begun in January, crews have thus far excavated and paved approximately six miles of new westbound lanes. Beginning Tuesday, June 11 through approximately June 21, the following traffic switches will take place as part of highway paving in the Stagecoach area:
· Westbound U.S. 50 traffic will be shifted from the existing lane to the new westbound lanes between Cheyenne Trail and Roy’s Road.
· No left turns will be allowed onto or from U.S. 50 westbound and eastbound at Pinto Street, Apache Drive/Scenic Avenue or Shetland Street. Detours for left hand turns will be in place as follows: Westbound U.S. 50 traffic will be detoured at Roy’s Road to the frontage road directly north of U.S. 50. Eastbound U.S. 50 traffic will be detoured at Cheyenne Trail to the frontage road directly north of U.S. 50.
Highway speed limits are reduced to 55 mph through the work zone, with an advised 45 mph speed in the Stagecoach area. Speed limits are 25 mph on the frontage roads, and motorists are advised to leave extra travel time for the reduced speeds.
Motorists will continue to see reduced speeds, intermittent single lane closures and traffic shifts on U.S. 50 in the coming months.
Scheduled to complete in the second half of 2020, the NDOT project will widen U.S. 50 from a two-lane to a four-lane divided highway between Roy’s Road in Stagecoach and the U.S. 95A junction in Silver Springs. A traffic roundabout will replace the existing flashing traffic signal at the U.S. 50 and 95A junction in Silver Springs.
The concrete roundabout will make intersection travel safer and quicker, with free right turns between U.S. 50 and southern Alternate U.S. 95. Eight frontage roads are also being constructed, tying local access roads into major intersections for safer designated turns to and from the highway.
Roadside lighting will be installed and enhanced for improved visibility and safety at major intersections. Roadway drainage improvements are also being made. Fourteen miles of new four strand, four-foot high livestock fencing will be constructed on both sides of the highway to reduce vehicle-animal collisions and enhance safety. The Alternate U.S. 50 truck climbing lane just north of the U.S. 50 junction has also been lengthened.
The nearly 10 miles of highway to be widened is traveled by approximately 6,000 drivers daily. The approximately $50 million highway project by contractor Granite Construction Company marks the final phase of widening of U.S. 50 to four lanes between Carson City and Silver Springs.
Over the past decade, NDOT has widened U.S. 50 from eastern Dayton to the Stagecoach area from two to four lanes.
Project updates are available at nevadadot.com or by calling (775) 888-7000.