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Snyder Avenue Overpass Opens in Carson City

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A major construction project is now open to traffic, with the completion of the Snyder Avenue Overpass, on the south end of Carson City.  The bridge is part of the Carson City Freeway project and will give residents access to their neighborhoods and make way for the final stretch of Interstate 580.
The project was a little less than $10 million and took more than a year to complete. It included more than 15,000 tons of base and paving, along with 680,000 pounds of reinforcing steel.

"We've had our fair share of issues and delays but we are still on schedule for when the original construction was and things are good," Stephen Lani, Resident Engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

Aesthetics include artwork from the Washoe tribe. This phase also includes drainage facilities for water runoff, roadway grading, and relocating Carson City's utility facilities. The next phase is the construction of the freeway that starts at Fairview Drive and ends at the junction of Highways 395 and 50.

"That project is just over one million yards of earth-moving in it and a lot of sound walls but it shouldn't affect much within the neighborhoods because we've already made most of the cross-street connections and most of the utility relocations," Lani said.

The next phase will cost about $42 million. The earliest we could see construction is June or July of next summer, pending the approval of the federal Highway Bill.

"It's a function of prioritization and funding, available funds and making things work with the resources we have to work with," Lani said. "So, it's coming. It'll get done."

If all goes well, the freeway would likely open by early 2017. Meanwhile, old structures have been removed and streets have been rerouted.

"Piece-by-piece, little-by-little, we're trying to put as few little disposable costs in as possible as we build along," Lani said.

Lani says that gradual work that he says will pay off in the end.

"Overall, our response has been pretty good," Lani said. "They're happy that we're tying things together and pulling things in."

When the freeway eventually ties in with US 50 and US 395, you're going to see an intersection, complete with stoplights. But eventually, they plan to put in an overpass and make it into an interchange.

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