Highway 50 East construction coming to an end

Brad Horn/Nevada AppealConstruction near the Highway 50 East overpass is expected to be completed by Wednesday. Motorists can expect delays beginning today through Monday as the final layer of asphalt is laid. Construction should be complete by the middle of next week.

Brad Horn/Nevada AppealConstruction near the Highway 50 East overpass is expected to be completed by Wednesday. Motorists can expect delays beginning today through Monday as the final layer of asphalt is laid. Construction should be complete by the middle of next week.

Highway 50 East " tangled for months in a drainage and widening project as part of the freeway expansion " will be done by the middle of next week, an official said Friday.

Beginning today at 9 a.m. and going until 8 p.m., motorists along Highway 50 East from Lompa to Humboldt lanes can expect minor delays as construction crews lay the final layer of asphalt in a two-block stretch of highway surrounding the freeway overpass.

Each direction of travel will be reduced to one lane, said Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Magruder.

The paving will continue through Monday, with the eastbound construction stopping between 4 and 6:30 p.m., but westbound work continuing.

The expansion widened the area to six lanes to accommodate the freeway on and off ramps. In addition, medians were put in and the drainage system was improved.

Magruder said that sometime in the next two weeks, the lanes will be striped, but that it is not expected to cause substantial traffic delays.

The work on Highway 50 East began in March. It's part of Phase 2A of the Carson City Freeway Project. This $45 million phase of the project expands the existing freeway from Highway 50 East two miles to Fairview Drive.

The remainder of the expansion to Fairview Drive is expected to be completed by next summer.

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