Police helicopter clipping power lines will require Carson-Reno artery to close for two mornings to fix
Interstate 580 between William Street and northern Washoe Valley will be closed during Saturday and Sunday mornings while helicopters restring power lines across the freeway that were knocked down in a collision with an aircraft.
Nevada Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said the closure will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and urged motorists to find a route around the main route between Reno and Carson City, since Highway 395 will be closed over the same stretch.
“No access will be allowed via interstate on and off-ramps within the closure area,” Ragonese said. “No through traffic will be allowed through Hobart Road or Eastlake Boulevard areas, but local access will be permitted for residents. Drivers are asked to plan to travel the interstate well before or after the closure times on these dates, or to utilize other state highways.”
Repairs will be made to 120-kilovolt transmission lines which cross over the interstate and supply power to approximately 11,000 customers at Lake Tahoe.
The power line was struck and damaged while Washoe County’s RAVEN helicopter was making an emergency landing on Oct. 27.
The repairs require a helicopter working during daylight hours to string new utility lines across the roadway. The morning weekend hours were selected to reduce impact on heavier weekday commute traffic. As many as 43,000 vehicles travel the section of interstate daily.
State road information is available at nevadadot.com or by calling 775-888-7000.