The Nevada's first diverging diamond interchange is finally ready to open on Moana Lane, after months of construction.
Nevada Department of Transportation officials predict a small amount of driver confusion at first, but said it will eventually make the area a lot safer.
"We put a lot of thought into how the motorists will be driving through the diverging diamond interchange," NDOT Deputy Director Bill Hoffman said, "and we think Northern Nevadans are smart enough to make it through ok."
NDOT and Granite Construction celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, sending a couple of classic cars as the first through the new interchange. Construction on the project has taken a little over two months, closing down a section of Moana and the on and off ramps to I-580.
With the Moana widening project finished, NDOT officials said the road will be more efficient and safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
"In order to get the maximum benefit out of the widening project, we needed more throughput.," Hoffman said. "Safety is first and foremost, so we felt that that would be accomplished through this project."
The interchange will officially open for traffic by Thursday morning, in time for the holiday, and Black Friday shopping.
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