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2009 Year in Review: Freeway opening heralds new direction for downtown

The opening of the Carson City Freeway to Fairview Drive coincided well with the city’s plans for redeveloping its downtown and “putting the town back in the downtown.”

By siphoning an estimated 11,000 vehicles a day off of Carson Street, the vision is to create only two lanes of traffic, more parking and a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere where locals and visitors will want to stop and shop.

Officials also credit the newest phase of the freeway opening with cutting in half the number of accidents downtown.

Nevada Department of Transportation officials say the freeway also is changing traffic patterns on Highway 50, Stewart and Roop streets, as well as on Saliman Road.

The completed leg of the project from Highway 50 to Fairview cost $45 million. The next phase is estimated at up $140 million.

– Geoff Dornan