Road warriers: Construction starts Monday |

Road warriers: Construction starts Monday

Christy Chalmers

The road will get rough starting Monday for commuters on Highway 395.

That’s the official start date of a $10.4 million construction project that will stretch from the junction of highways 50 and 395 in Carson City to the middle of Minden. Frehner Construction is handling the project for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

“From now until October, motorists can start expecting delays,” said NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder. “I don’t know about the peak hours, but just because of the amount of work they have to do, there will be some delays.”

The crews will be replacing the top layer of Highway 395 between Minden and Carson City. In addition, another southbound lane will be added to the highway between the Highway 50 junction and Jacks Valley Road, and the intersection of Clear Creek Road will be revamped with a new traffic signal and other changes to serve a Costco store that is being built on Clear Creek.

In Minden, part of Highway 88 will get a new top coat.

No changes are planned at Ironwood Drive, despite repeated requests for a traffic light. Magruder said the intersection still hasn’t met requirements for a light, though residents and leaders have lobbied for one.

Magruder said crews will be working around the clock and face a Nov. 30 deadline to finish. He said work will probably be suspended on weekends, but construction in “urban” areas, such as Minden and near Carson City, will be done at night.

“Once it’s completed, Highway 395 will be a brand new road,” said Magruder.