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June 7, 2012
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Bids coming for next piece of freeway bypass

The Nevada Department of Transportation is preparing to advertise for bids on the next small section of the Carson Freeway bypass project in about a month.

Spokesman Scott Magruder said that the hope is to get construction on the $13 million to $15 million dollar project under way by fall.

About 60 people turned out Tuesday evening for an update on the latest phase of the bypass, most of them residents of the area between Fairview and Spooner Junction.

Magruder said that this project will build the Snyder overpass, construct drainage and relocate utilities in the area.

For those area residents, however, the most important impact will be closure of several streets to through-traffic at the point where they reach the bypass route. Those closures will turn Silver Sage Road, Oak Street, Ponderosa Drive, Bennett Avenue, Bigelow Drive and Center Drive into dead-ends and close the frontage road along U.S. 395.

The estimated cost of the remaining portion of the freeway, he said, is about $80 million. Magruder said NDOT doesn't yet have funding for that construction, which will complete the bypass from Fairview where it currently ends to Spooner Junction (U.S. 395 and Highway 50).

This latest project follows a roughly $10 million project that built bridges over Clearview and Koontz Lane.

The entire project from Arrowhead Drive at the northern border of Carson City to Spooner is expected to total $240 million. More than $100 million has already been spent.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jun 7, 2012 06:04PM Published Jun 7, 2012 06:03PM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.