Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the project improvements?

This important road improvement project will resurface both directions of I-80 between Keystone Avenue in Reno and the Nevada-California border. Approximately four inches of the roadway surface will be removed and repaved on more than 12 miles of interstate.

2. What are the project benefits?

The project will provide a smoother and safer interstate driving surface.

Safety. NDOT currently places “Wrong Way” signs on all interstate off-ramps to notify drivers errantly entering in the wrong direction. Additional flashing warning signals and detection systems will also be added to I-80 ramps west of Reno as a highly-visible indication to help stop drivers from entering the wrong way, ultimately enhancing freeway safety.
Several roadside shoulders will be widened providing space for emergency storage of disabled vehicles, enforcement activities and roadway maintenance.

Operational. Merge lanes will also be lengthened from West Fourth Street to westbound I-80 near Mogul and the Gold Ranch-Third Street exit to eastbound I-80, as well as select other exits.

Environmental. As part of NDOT’s dedication to preserving the quality of stormwater crossing state roadways, roadside drainage and water treatment features will be enhanced.

3. When will construction begin and end?

Construction is scheduled to begin on Sunday evening, May 13, 2018 and continue for at least two construction seasons, with potential construction in a third year. Project completion will be updated as the project progresses and is weather dependent.

4. What are the traffic impacts during construction?

Construction will primarily take place on westbound I-80 May through November 2018, followed by construction on the eastbound interstate in 2019.

Motorists should anticipate single lane closures. To reduce impact to heavy commute travel, the lane closures will take place predominantly during overnight weekday hours. Short-term overnight interstate ramp closures will also take place.

5. What is the project cost and how is it being funded?

The total project cost – including construction, design, permitting, and construction management – is approximately $43 million, funded with state dollars.

Business Support

The NDOT project team encourages the community to support businesses during construction. We developed an easy incentive program for the community to support businesses.

  • Sign up to receive project updates at:
  • Registration automatically results in an opportunity to receive a $25 gift card to a participating business of your choice.
  • One gift card will be distributed every week during construction.
  • All businesses within the project corridor are encouraged to participate at no cost to promote their business.
  • Please email, or call 775-870-8080 for more information.