Freeway will open by Sept. 25

Transportation officials said Wednesday they are confident the second phase of the Carson City Freeway will open by Sept. 25.

a€œIta€™s coming along really well,a€ said Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Magruder. a€œThe final paving is done. Wea€™re confident wea€™ll get it open on the 24th or 25th.a€

The $50 million stretch of freeway will pick up where the first phase left off and extend to Fairview Drive, about two miles.

a€œThe really good news here is that wea€™ll have three-quarters of a freeway that will alleviate traffic in downtown Carson City,a€ Magruder said.

As with the first phase, the second phase will open first to pedestrians and cyclists.

A free 5K run, coordinated by Fleet Feet Carson City, will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 19. Parking will be available at the Gold Dust West Casino, and the race will begin at the onramp there.

Numbers will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After the race, the freeway will then be opened to cyclists and pedestrians until 11 a.m.

a€œWe want people out there,a€ Magruder said. a€œWe want them walking, biking, pushing their kids in strollers. They can bring their dogs.a€

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