The first Business Loop I-80 reassurance shield appears on Third Street just north of the U-Turn from the Interstate 80 west freeway entrance at the south end of Third Street. Oddly, this shield is posted after the Mahogany Canyon Road intersection at a place where eastbound Interstate 80 travelers can't get to it without driving to the southern end of Third Street and making a U-Turn. Photos taken 07/18/09.
Northbound Business Loop I-80/Third Street follows a frontage road between the Exit 1 offramp and the Gold Ranch Casino. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Passing by the Gold Ranch Casino, northbound Business Loop I-80/Third Street approaches the offramp from Interstate 80 west to Exit 2. Continue straight ahead to Verdi. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Northbound Business Loop I-80/Third Street next approaches the intersection with the east frontage road, which brings traffic onto the business route from Interstate 80 east. Photo taken 07/18/09.
At the intersection ahead, turn right to connect to Interstate 80 east to Reno, or continue northeast on Third Street into downtown Verdi. Photo taken 07/18/09.
A trailblazer shield assembly for Interstate 80 east and Business Loop I-80 east is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Business Loop I-80/Third Street, Nevada 425, U.S. 40 east (Verdi)
After the last interchange with Interstate 80, the business loop becomes part of Nevada 425 and proceeds northeast along Historic U.S. 40/Third Street toward downtown Verdi. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80 and Historic U.S. 40/Third Street cross the Truckee River for the first time in Verdi via the 1928 Crystal Peak Toll Bridge. Photo taken 07/23/09.
The next turnoff from Business Loop I-80 is the right turn to Crystal Peak Park. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 425/Third Street cross over an irrigation canal. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Coming into downtown Verdi, Business Loop I-80/Third Street approaches Bridge Street. Use Bridge Street south to Verdi Road to Interstate 80 Exit 3. Use Bridge Street north to the county library, golf course, and Dog Valley Road west to Henness Pass Road in California. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Business Loop I-80/Third Street meets Bridge Street at this intersection. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Late-day thunderstorms broke out in the desert mountains east of Verdi. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Third Street passes Rattler Ridge and Verdi Armory. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Business I-80 and Nevada 425/Third Street descend to cross the Truckee River a second time. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Business Loop I-80/Third Street crosses the Truckee River. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Another power line crosses Third Street. Photo taken 07/23/09.
The business route follows the north bank of the Truckee River for a few miles as the highway takes a more rural turn and sees less development than in downtown Verdi. Photos taken 07/23/09.
A relatively new traffic circle links Third Street to a new development (Somersett and Ridge Parkway). This traffic circle had the effect of reducing traffic speed past the neighborhood; prior to its installation, this used to be a direct onramp to Interstate 80 east (directional "Y" configuration). Photos taken 07/23/09.
After the traffic circle intersection with Ridge Parkway, Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 425 follows a direct ramp onto Interstate 80 east to Reno. Photo taken 07/23/09.
Business Loop I-80/Third Street, Nevada 425, U.S. 40 west (Verdi)
We begin our journey on westbound Business Loop I-80 by departing the mainline freeway at Exit 5. Upon exiting, look for a roundabout/traffic circle at the base of the offramp. Follows the signs to connect to Somersett Ridge Parkway or Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 425/Third Street west to Verdi. The business route follows Old U.S. 40 into Verdi. Photos taken 09/05/10.
At the end of the traffic circle, follow the "SR 425" sign to continue west on Business Loop I-80 and Old U.S. 40 to Verdi. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Skipping ahead and now leaving downtown Verdi, westbound Business Loop I-80 (Nevada 425)/Third Street (U.S. 40) approaches the 1928 Crystal Peak Toll Bridge, an arch bridge that crosses the Truckee River. Photo taken 07/18/09.
The best view of the Crystal Peak Toll Bridge is afforded from Crystal Peak Park, which is located on the south side of Third Street via a left turn on Crystal Peak Park Road. Photo taken 07/18/09.
This view looks south from Business Loop I-80 (Nevada 425)/Third Street (U.S. 40) the Interstate 80 Truckee River bridge. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Westbound Business Loop I-80 (Nevada 425)/Third Street (U.S. 40) approaches the east frontage road, which crosses the freeway to provide access to Interstate 80 east. Continue straight ahead for Business Loop I-80/Third Street south to the Gold Ranch Casino. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Turn left here for the connection to Interstate 80 east to Reno or continue straight for the link to Interstate 80 west to Sacramento. The Business Loop I-80/Third Street designation continues south here, while the white mile posts indicate that this intersection marks the southern end of Nevada 425. The rest of the business loop south of here is maintained by NDOT as part of the frontage road system. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Business Loop I-80/Third Street (Gold Ranch Road) south (Verdi)
Terrible's Gold Ranch casino is ahead; we pass by the Exit 2 offramp from Interstate 80 west. Gas, food, and gambling are all available at the Gold Ranch casino. Photos taken 07/23/09.
Indeed, a Business Loop I-80 trailblazer shield assembly is posted shortly after the Interstate 80 east turnoff. Gold Ranch Casino lies south of here; the business route basically travels south until it merges back on the freeway at Exit 1. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Now that Business Loop I-80 follows a frontage road, the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 are directly adjacent to the business route. The main attraction for travelers on the business route is Gold Ranch Casino as well as nearby residential access. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Compared to the east end of the Verdi business loop, the western end is well signed with plenty of business loop shields. Photo taken 07/18/09.
After passing Terrible's Gold Ranch Casino, southbound Business Loop I-80 merges directly onto Interstate 80 west. Traffic for eastbound Interstate 80 should U-turn here to go back to the crossover bridge. Photos taken 07/18/09 and 07/23/09.
East Frontage Road (Verdi)
At the interchange complex for Exit 2, a flyover bridge carries traffic from westbound Business Loop I-80 to Interstate 80 east. Oddly, upon making the turn onto this east frontage road, a trailblazer shield for Interstate 80 east is flanked by another Business Loop I-80 trailblazer shield. Photo taken 07/18/09.
This freeway entrance shield to Interstate 80 east is posted from the east frontage road onto Interstate 80 east. Presumably Business Loop I-80 continues south on East Frontage Road until the frontage road dead ends, but no additional signage to that effect currently exists. Photo taken 07/18/09.
Scenes Pertaining to Business Loop I-80, Nevada 425, U.S. 40 (Verdi)
Rather than sign the business loop as Third Street, the principal intersection in downtown Verdi (between Bridge Street and Business Loop I-80 (Nevada 425)/Third Street is signed for U.S. 40. This view looks north from Bridge Street at Third Street in downtown Verdi. Photo taken 07/18/09.