The Carson City Bypass will open to southbound travelers Wednesday morning.
The Nevada Department of Transportation said Monday the last leg could open as early as 10 a.m. Wednesday. Access from the southern end of the freeway will be open and drivers will be able to travel the southern three miles of freeway which have been under construction since June 2015. As part of a phased opening, the new freeway ramps between Fairview Drive at the northern end of the new Carson City Freeway will open later that afternoon or on Thursday.
NDOT, in a Monday press release, reminded motorists to drive attentively and anticipate minor lane and traffic pattern changes across the area as the new freeway segment opens. Periodic, minor roadside shoulder and lane closures will take place on South Carson Street and the Carson City Freeway for finishing construction.
Prior to construction of I-580, Nevada was one of only a few states without an interstate connecting to the capital city.
Since breaking ground in 2000, construction of the approximately nine-mile I-580 Carson City Freeway has been phased to best utilize available funding. Nearly six million cubic yards of earth were moved, 18 million pounds of reinforcing steel installed and more than $200 million in federal, state and local transportation funds dedicated to construct the freeway between Lakeview Hill in north Carson City and the U.S. 50 junction in the southern part of the city.
Contractors used 91,650 cubic yards of concrete and 306,765 tons of asphalt to build it. They excavated nearly 3.5 million cubic yards of dirt. The bridges, sound walls and other structures used some 18 million pounds of steel.