A second phase of intermittent ramp closures will take place on I-80 west of Reno through January as part of a continuing Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) project to improve interstate drainage and infrastructure.
Drivers have seen intermittent ramp closures since early December on both directions of I-80 as NDOT updated cattleguards at Mogul, Verdi and Gold Ranch exits.
NDOT is advising drivers that a second series of periodic ramp closures will take place on I-80 between Mogul-area exit 8 and the Nevada-California state line December 27 through the end of January as fiber optic cables are installed and cattle guard improvements finalized.
- Periodic ramp closures will take place between 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays December 27 through the end of January
- No two consecutive ramps will be closed at the same time in the same direction
- Moderate travel delays are to be expected through the work zone
The ramp closures are part of an ongoing project, launched in early summer, to make the following roadside improvements on I-80 between Keystone Avenue and Nevada/California state line for the safety and mobility of the more than 46,000 motorists who travel the interstate daily:
- Eight-foot-tall deer fencing has been installed on both sides of I-80 between Gold Ranch exit 1 and West Fourth Street exit 8 to reduce wildlife-related crashes.
- Reinforced drainage pipes installed for enhanced roadside drainage, along with decorative rock and native plantings to beautify the area, reduce soil erosion and help direct natural water run-off.
- Rumble strips removed on both sides of the interstate from the Gold Ranch area to western McCarran Boulevard.
- Interstate exit signage in Mogul and Verdi has been updated to remove town names and instead list the road names associated with the exit, providing additional distinction between multiple Verdi-area exits.
Bridges will also be painted to replicate colors of the surrounding landscape. Decorative image panels will be placed at intersections, representing native plants and animals such as quail. Such landscape and aesthetics can help enhance and define roadway corridors, reflect the heritage and environment of communities and further an area’s tourism and economic development potential; something that is particularly important on this gateway corridor to Reno.
Motorists should use caution while traveling through work zones, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions. The schedule is subject to change due to weather or other factors.