The U.S. 50 railroad crossing surface almost two miles east of the U.S. 95A Silver Springs junction is about 20 years old and is being replaced for a smoother and safer drive.
According to Meg Ragonese, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, the current rubber surface will be replaced with a concrete surface for enhanced durability. NDOT maintenance staff will also resurface U.S. 50 on 100 feet on both sides of the crossing.
She said the roadway improvements are anticipated to complete by the end of this week. During construction, alternating directions of traffic will be detoured on a temporary roadway to the side of the crossing, with minor travel delays to be anticipated 24 hours a day.
The $180,000 in improvements are being funded by federal railroad safety funds and Union Pacific Railroad funding. The roadwork is part of NDOT’s railroad safety program in which the agency works with railway partners to help keep Nevada’s railroad crossings safe for everyone.
Through July, other railroad crossings on Regan Place, Lucas Road and Trento, York and Roberson lanes in the Fallon area will also be resurfaced from asphalt to concrete.
Sections of those roads will be closed with nearby detours in place during the road improvements.