Nearing completion, the Galena Creek Bridge is the signature structure on the new I-580 freeway link between Reno and Carson City, Nevada.
Photo taken June, 2012, © Stan White.
For nearly 10 years, travelers along U.S. 395 between Reno and Carson City have been watching the slow progress of the section of I-580 freeway linking the Mt. Rose Highway in south Reno and the Bowers Mansion cutoff in Washoe Valley. There have been some serious bumps in the road leading to a rather lengthy construction timeline, but that's about to end. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the bridges (there are nine of them) and 8.5 mile long section of freeway will open to traffic at the end of July or the first part of August, 2012. It's my understanding that the Bowers Mansion Interchange will not be finished when the rest of the freeway opens, so continue to watch for detour signs. For a well done, extensive review of the project, refer to NDOT's "I-580 Freeway Extension Project."
Of course, a celebration is in order. To that end, NDOT is sponsoring the "Rush to Washoe" on Saturday, July 28, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to participate by running, walking, riding a bike, or driving along the new highway, including the Galena Creek Bridge. Here's the schedule...
- 7 a.m. - Self-timed 5 and 10K Fun Run (northbound lanes only)
- 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Bike Ride/Walk (northbound lanes only)
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Open to Vehicles (southbound lanes only)
Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam.
Photo © Stan White.
Source: Nevada Department of Transportation.
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