The Nevada Department of Transportation will begin a project to construct turn pockets for enhanced safety and mobility on Highway 395 south of Gardnerville on Sunday.
The approximately $800,000 project by contractor Sierra Nevada Construction will build a right-hand turn lane from southbound Highway 395 to increase safety and access south of Riverview Drive near the Washoe Tribal Headquarters. A center turn pocket will also be constructed in the highway median to provide for a designated, safer turn in either direction. With as many as 10,000 vehicles traveling the section of highway daily, the dedicated turn lanes will help enhance safety and reduce the potential of crashes for those driving in the area.
Construction will take place Sunday evenings through Friday mornings. Minor construction-related traffic impacts will occur during the day, with periodic construction-related lane closures and delays taking place overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists are advised to drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. The project is scheduled to complete by the fall.
Potential future improvements in the area include a frontage road and more extensive turn pockets to align access along Highway 395.