I-80 Traffic Detoured as Lane Reductions Planned for Nevada’s Carlin Tunnels

Nevada's Carlin Tunnels | I-80 Exit Guide

I-80 traffic will be detoured as lanes in the Carlin area will be reduced Monday, April 18 through Thursday, April 21 for annual cleaning of the Carlin Tunnels, the Nevada Department of Transportation has announced.

Cleaning of the westbound and eastbound tunnels is scheduled for Monday, April 18 through Thursday, April 21 during daylight hours. Only one direction of I-80 traffic will be diverted at a time and traffic will be detoured through Carlin Canyon or the opposing direction tunnel. Only one lane of traffic in each direction will be available for travel during the detours.


I-80 traffic will be detoured and speeds reduced to 45 mph…”


The speed limit on I-80 will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Additionally, the speed limit through the Carlin Canyon will be reduced to 35 mph in both directions.

For traveler safety, flaggers, signs and barrier rail will help detour traffic around the work zone. Motorists are asked to obey traffic controls and drive at posted speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. 

Additional state highway information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling (775) 888-7000. Also follow @NevadaDOTElko on Twitter for traffic and project updates in northern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state.


  • Always buckle up.
  • Watch for and follow all warning, closure and construction detour signs.
  • Pay attention and minimize distractions.
  • Always slow to posted work zone speed limits.
  • Keep consistent with traffic flow. 
  • Keep a safe distance from cars ahead, traffic barriers, construction equipment and workers.
  • Remain calm. Remember that work zones are not there to inconvenience you- they are necessary to improve the roadway.
  • Plan ahead and give yourself time to reach your destination. Simply dial ‘511’ or log onto www.nevadadot.com before driving for a listing of Nevada highway construction.


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