I-580 Timeline

Statistics from the Nevada Department of Transportation:

- Carson Street sees an average of 37,500 cars a day. Up to 43,000 cars a day travel some on sections of Highway 395 through the capital daily.

- From 1994 to May 2000 there were 2,095 accidents on Highway 395 through Carson City, 49 of those involving pedestrians. Of those accidents there were four fatalities, two of those pedestrians.

- About 32,250 cars travel daily between Carson City and the Mt. Rose freeway.

- There have been 1,020 accidents, four of those involving pedestrians, since 1994 on Highway 395 between Carson City and the Mt. Rose intersection. Of those, there were 27 fatalities, one a pedestrian.

TIME LINES:

Interstate 580 time line highlights:

1957: I-580 redevelopment begins

1963: Winters Ranch to South Virginia Street planning begins

1964: Carson City to Lakeview Hill segment opened

1968: Winters Ranch to South Virginia Street recommendation for initial freeway alignment

1970: Lakeview Hill to Winters Ranch segment opened

1972 to 1973: Winters Ranch to South Virginia Street alignment challenged by lawsuits

1973: Panther Valley to Glendale Avenue opened

1977: South Virginia Street to Glendale Avenue final environmental impact statement published

1979: Winters Ranch to south Virginia Street supplemental environmental impact statement begins

1980: Glendale Avenue to South Virginia Street opened.

1983: Winters Ranch to South Virginia Street final environmental impact statement published

1983-1998: So. Virginia Street to the Mt. Rose Highway opened

1998: The Mt. Rose Highway to Bowers Mansion cutoff preliminary design and public involvement begins

1998: Stakeholder working group created to help in the design of the I-580.

1999: Design continues on the final I-580

2000: Funding for construction of the final I-580 phase is challenged by Carson City in favor of Phase 2 of the Carson City freeway.

2000: The Nevada Department of Transportation, the Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission and Carson City reach an agreement to fund both the I-580 and Carson City freeway in the state's three-year funding plan.

Carson City freeway time line highlights:

1970: Carson City and the Nevada Department of Transportation being talking about the needed freeway.

1972: The city, NDOT and Douglas County agree to do a transportation study to assess area transportation needs.

1976: The Carson City Planning Commission began hearings on a freeway corridor selection for the new master plan.

1976: Transportation study says a bypass through Douglas County isn't needed. No additional studies are done for Douglas County.

1977: The Federal Highway Administration gives approval for preliminary engineering and preparatory right of way purchases to determine location of freeway, prepare an environmental impact statement and hold a corridor hearing for the proposed route from the Spooner Summit Junction to Arrowhead Drive.

1977: The planning commission and Board of Supervisors agree upon a preferred route to be added to the city's transportation master plan.

1978: First freeway public information meetings. Alternate freeway routes judged.

1983: A draft of the environmental impact statement is approved. More public hearings on the proposed alignment.

1984: Carson City Board of Supervisors vote for the proposed Edmonds alignment.

1986: The final environmental impact statement is approved.

1987: NDOT receives $8 million in advance federal funds to purchase right of way for the proposed freeway. Total cost of acquiring right of way estimated at $38 million.

1988: NDOT holds more public hearings on the design of the freeway.

1988: NDOT proposes to slightly change the freeway alignment approved by supervisors in 1984.

1994: NDOT proposes a four-lane, at-grade expressway along the proposed freeway corridor. It would be cheaper to build the expressway first, and then in 20 years or so, build the elevated, six-lane freeway.

1995: NDOT continues discussion of the at-grade expressway.

1996: NDOT continues to discuss freeway alternatives

1997: Carson City passes a 5 cent per gallon gas tax to raise $19 million to help with the costs of freeway construction.

1998: Discovery of the wandering skipper delays the start of freeway construction for two years.

1999: Serpa land decision costs the state $5.8 million and forces the redesign of the Phase 2 southern interchange with Spooner Summit.

2000: Construction starts on Carson City freeway's phase 1A, the bridge structures through the northern part of the project.

2000: Speculation over lack funding and state commitment for the estimated $160 million southern freeway challenges the construction and funding of the Interstate 580 project before the Carson City freeway.

2000: The Nevada Department of Transportation, the Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission and Carson City reach an agreement to fund both the I-580 and Carson City freeway in the state's three-year funding plan.

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