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U.S. Highway 395 North - Minden to Reno

Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 are fully signed on their shared alignment between U.S. 50/William Street in Carson City and Interstate 80 in Reno. For the most part, both routes are signed side by side both on roadside reassurance markers such as this one in the Washoe Valley near Lake Washoe. Photo taken 10/05/12.

U.S. 395 Highway Guides

U.S. 395 north
Leaving downtown Minden, northbound U.S. 395/Railroad Avenue approaches the Carson Valley Inn Hotel-Casino-RV Resort on the right side of the highway. Photo taken 07/19/09.
The next major intersection along U.S. 395 north is with Nevada 88, which travels from Minden south to Markleeville in California's Alpine County. Nevada 88 changes into California 88 upon reaching the state line, and California 88 travels over the Carson Pass in the Sierra Nevada, then descends into the Gold Country foothills east of Stockton. California 88, along with U.S. 50 and Interstate 80 are among the all-weather routes over the Sierra Nevada. Photo taken 07/19/09.
A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic between Nevada 88 and U.S. 395. Turn left to follow Nevada 88 south to California 88 west over Carson Pass to Jackson, California 89 south to Markleeville, or California 4 west over Ebbetts Pass en route to Angels Camp. A U.S. 395 reassurance shield is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Now traveling due north, U.S. 395 approaches Ironwood Drive at this cross-traffic intersection. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Leaving Minden, U.S. 395 widens to an expressway configuration with limited intersections and four lanes (two in each direction) with turn pockets. The next major intersection along U.S. 395 north is with Nevada 757/Muller Lane west to Genoa, Walleys Hot Springs, and Kingsbury Grade (via a brief connection on Nevada 206/Foothill Road south). Photo taken 07/19/09.
This view looks north on U.S. 395 at the Nevada 757 intersection. The next intersection along northbound is with Nevada 206/Genoa Lane (former Nevada 758), which leads west to the town of Genoa and to Jacks Valley Road. Photo taken 07/19/09.

After passing by the Nevada 206/Genoa Lane intersection, northbound U.S. 395 immediately approaches the junction with Nevada 759/Airport Road east to Douglas County Airport. Photo taken 07/19/09.
A pair of trailblazer route markers (for U.S. 395 and Nevada 759) is posted prior to the Airport Road intersection. Nevada 759 is a short spur state route that leads from U.S. 395 east to the county airport. Photo taken 07/19/09.
This U.S. 395 north reassurance shield is posted after the intersection with Nevada 759/Airport Road. Photo taken 07/19/09.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Carson City (eight miles), Reno (43 miles), and Susanville (125 miles). Photo taken 07/19/09.
Northbound U.S. 395 meets Johnson Lane at this traffic signal. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Soon thereafter, northbound U.S. 395 approaches the traffic signal with Stephanie Way. Photo taken 07/19/09.
U.S. 395 crosses the Carson River on this 1948 bridge. From here, the Carson River flows northeast toward Dayton, then follows the U.S. 50 corridor from Dayton east to Lahontan Reservoir near Silver Springs and then east to Fallon. At Fallon, the river flows northeast into the Carson Sink near Stillwater Marsh. Photo taken 07/19/09.
After making that crossing, northbound U.S. 395 approaches and meets Plymouth Drive (left) and Sunridge Drive (right). Photo taken 07/19/09.
This view looks north on U.S. 395 after the Plymouth Drive intersection. Photo taken 09/09/05.
U.S. 395 northbound nears the signalized intersection with Mica Drive in northern Douglas County. The expansion of the Carson City metropolitan area involves the suburbanization of U.S. 395 between Minden and the Douglas-Carson City county line. Mica Drive serves residential areas east and west of the federal highway. Photos taken 09/09/05.
A sign indicates that U.S. 395 is leaving the Carson Valley. Soon we will leave Douglas County and enter Nevada's capital, Carson City (former Ormsby County). Photo taken 07/19/09.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the junction with Former Nevada 206 (Jacks Valley Road) and Sunridge Drive. Nevada 206 loops southwest 15.432 miles to Genoa. Sunridge Drive arcs east between U.S. 395 and Mica Drive through new suburbs. Photo taken 09/09/05.
The next signalized intersection also features a "prepare to stop when flashing" overhead in advance. Crossing U.S. 395 here is Topsy Lane, the last suburban roadway encountered in Douglas County. Photos taken 09/09/05.
U.S. 395 enters Carson City, the Nevada state capital and leaves Douglas County. The next signalized intersection is with Nevada 705/Clear Creek Road west and Lupin Drive (frontage road) north. The non-standard welcome sign for Carson City was gone by 2009. Photos taken 09/09/05.
Lupin Drive and Nevada 705/Old Clear Creek Road intersect U.S. 395 (Carson Street) one-half mile south of its merge with U.S. 50. Nevada 705/Old Clear Creek Road parallels U.S. 50 west into the mountains along an older alignment. Lupin Drive provides a northbound side frontage road to Carson Street between here and Snyder Avenue (Nevada 518). Photos taken 07/19/09 and 09/09/05.
Northbound U.S. 395 approaches its junction with U.S. 50 in southern Carson City, one-half mile ahead. Technically speaking, this intersection was renumbered as the intersection between U.S. 395 north, U.S. 50 west, and Nevada 529 north. Since the U.S. routes are to be rerouted onto the Carson City Bypass (Future Interstate 580), U.S. 50-395 temporarily follow Carson Street into downtown Carson City. Photo taken 07/19/09.
To the west, U.S. 50 travels up to Spooner Summit (elevation 7,146 feet above sea level) and connects to all destinations in the Lake Tahoe basin. Ahead, Temporary U.S. 50-395 and Nevada 529 (Future Business U.S. 50-395 and Nevada 529) join for 3.5 miles between here and downtown Carson City. Photo taken 07/19/09.
A set of mast-arm supported traffic lights govern the movements between U.S. 395 (Carson Street) and U.S. 50 in south Carson City. An undeveloped swath of land lies to the east of the junction awaiting construction of the Carson City Bypass (Interstate 580). By 2014, the Interstate 580 bypass will be complete and will carry U.S. 50 east and U.S. 395 north around downtown Carson City on a limited-access route. Business routes will follow the original alignments at that time. Note the subtle changes to the intersection between 2005 and 2009: new mast arm signage and a new reference marker with mileage. More significant changes will come with freeway construction by 2014. Photos taken 09/09/05 and 07/19/09.
Temporary U.S. 395 north and U.S. 50 east - see Business U.S. 395/Carson Street north
Temporary U.S. 50/Fairview Drive east and U.S. 395 north
Temporary U.S. 50-395 follows Fairview Drive between Carson Street and Interstate 580/Carson City Bypass. Unlike other segments of U.S. 50-395 in Nevada, this temporary alignment follows a non-state maintained Carson City street. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Eastbound Temporary U.S. 50-395/Fairview Drive meets Roop Street at this traffic signal in Carson City. Photo taken 07/31/12.
A U.S. 50-395 east reassurance/trailblazer shield assembly is posted along eastbound Fairview Drive after Roop Street. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Fairview Drive sees four lanes (two in each direction) between Carson Street and Interstate 580. Photo taken 07/31/12.
The next traffic signal along Temporary U.S. 50-395/Fairview Drive west is with Saliman Road. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Another U.S. 50 and U.S. 395 trailblazer shield assembly is posted after Saliman Road. Nevada DOT opted not to post this segment of U.S. 50-395 with "TEMPORARY" banners, but the arrow below the shield implies that the Fairview Drive segment is temporary. Photo taken 07/31/12.
The right lane will connect Fairview Drive to Interstate 580/Carson City Bypass south to Lake Tahoe/Minden-Gardnerville and north to Reno (with a connection to U.S. 50 east to Dayton and Fallon). Photo taken 07/31/12.
A loop ramp connects Fairview Drive east with Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 north and U.S. 50 east. Photo taken 07/31/12.
A freeway entrance shield assembly for U.S. 50 east and U.S. 395 north is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Future U.S. 50-395 and Future Interstate 580 north - UNCONSTRUCTED, U.S. 50 South Junction to Temporary U.S. 50-395/Fairview Drive
Interstate 580 and U.S. 395/Carson City Bypass north and U.S. 50 east
Joining Interstate 580 and U.S. 50-395 north from the Fairview Drive onramp, we see a nice view of the northbound Carson City Bypass freeway. Photo taken 07/31/12.
The next exit along Interstate 580 north, U.S. 395 north, and U.S. 50 east is Exit 39, Junction U.S. 50 east to Dayton and Fallon and Business U.S. 50/William Street west to downtown Carson City. Photo taken 07/31/12.
A reassurance shield assembly for U.S. 395 north and U.S. 50 east is posted below a variable message sign between Exit 38 (Fairview Drive) and Exit 39 (Junction U.S. 50 east and Business U.S. 50/William Street west). Photo taken 07/31/12.
Use U.S. 50 east to Dayton, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Ely across the Loneliest Road in America. This major, transcontinental highway extends from West Sacramento, California, east to Ocean City, Maryland. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Use Business U.S. 50/William Street west to downtown Carson City. Photo taken 07/31/12.
The next three exits along Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 north are: Exit 39, Junction U.S. 50/Lincoln Highway (Loneliest Road) east to Fallon and Business U.S. 50 (Former Nevada 530)/William Street west to Carson City; Exit 41, Junction Nevada 531/College Parkway; and Exit 42, Arrowhead Drive to Business U.S. 395/Carson Street (former Nevada 529). Photo taken 07/31/12.
Use U.S. 50 east to Nevada 341 north to Virginia City, the seat of Storey County and home to an Old West historic downtown district. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Northbound Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 splits with eastbound U.S. 50 at Exit 39, William Street. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left for Business U.S. 50/William Street west to Carson City or turn right for U.S. 50 east to Dayton, Virginia City, and Fallon. Photos taken 10/05/12 and 07/31/12.
Upon exiting, the left two lanes will connect to unsigned Business U.S. 50/William Street west, and the right two lanes link to U.S. 50 east. Photo taken 07/31/12.
Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 north
We do not have pictures of Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 northbound from U.S. 50 to Business U.S. 395/North Carson Street at this time ... check back later for updates! This section of freeway connects to the following interchanges: Exit 38, Fairview Drive; Exit 39, Junction U.S. 50/Lincoln Highway (Loneliest Road) east to Fallon and Business U.S. 50 (Former Nevada 530)/William Street west to Carson City; Exit 41, Junction Nevada 531/College Parkway; and Exit 42, Arrowhead Drive to Business U.S. 395/Carson Street (former Nevada 529).
After the North Carson Street (Business U.S. 395) and Arrowhead Drive interchange (Exit 42), Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 climb in a northwesterly direction out of the Eagle Valley from Carson City to Lakeview and Washoe Lake. The stretch between Exit 42, Arrowhead Drive and Exit 44, Junction Alternate U.S. 395/Bowers Mansion Road (former Nevada 429) and Eastlake Boulevard (former Nevada 428) is a four-lane freeway. Photos taken 09/09/05.
Former Nevada 428/Eastlake Boulevard spurs northeast from Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 Exit 44. From there, it connects to Washoe Lake State Park. Eastlake Boulevard loops around Lake Washoe between Exit 44 and New Washoe City, reconnecting with Alternate U.S. 395 near the north end of Little Washoe Lake. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Also tying into the Exit 44 diamond interchange is Alternate U.S. 395 (former Nevada 429), which is known as Bowers Mansion Road and as Old U.S. Highway 395. Alternate U.S. 395 will leave the freeway and travel north, staying west of the freeway yet parallel to it. The original routing of U.S. 395 travels through Franktown to the west of the Washoe Lake Freeway. During periods of strong and gusty winds, high profile vehicles are occasionally advised to depart U.S. 395 and use Alternate U.S. 395 instead. Variable message signs activate during times of the travel restriction. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Northbound Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 meet Exit 44, Junction Alternate U.S. 395 (former Nevada 429) north to Franktown and Bowers Mansion and Eastlake Boulevard (former Nevada 428) north to New Washoe City. The community of Lakeview lies to the west of here along Hobart Road. Photo taken 09/09/05.
This view looks north from the gore point of Exit 44. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Slide Mountain (elevation 9,698 feet above sea level) rises to the north of the Lake Washoe Freeway. Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 skim the western shores of Lake Washoe between Lakeview and Washoe City. Photo taken 09/09/05.
This U.S. 395 reassurance shield is posted shortly after the onramp from Eastlake Boulevard. It was replaced in October 2012 to include a companion Interstate 580 shield. Photos taken 10/05/12 and 09/09/05.
Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 follow the western edge of Lake Washoe but manage to follow a nearly straight line between Exits 44 and 46. Photo taken 09/09/05.
The next exit along Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 north is Exit 46, Bellevue Road (a diamond interchange) north of Lakeview. Bellevue Road travels west about 0.8 mile to the intersection of Alternate U.S. 395 (Former Nevada 429/Old U.S. Highway 395) and Old Franktown Road. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Northbound Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 meet Exit 46, Bellevue Road. Old Franktown Road continues west from Bellevue Road to Nevada 877 (Franktown Road), a 4.296-mile loop west of Nevada 429 (Old U.S. Highway 395). Photo taken 09/09/05.
The section of Interstate 580 and U.S. 395 from Washoe City to Mt. Rose Junction was not opened until August 2012. Therefore, we have no pictures of this segment of the freeway route at this time. See Alternate U.S. 395 for Old U.S. 395 and former Nevada 430 north between Washoe City and Mt. Rose Junction.
Old Alignment: U.S. 395 north approaching Nevada 429
Back in 2005, the freeway used to end at the point where U.S. 395 and Nevada 429 reconnected. This is now where Interstate 580 and Alternate U.S. 395 cross each over near Bowers Mansion. South of here back in 2005, Old U.S. 395 used to shift from freeway to an expressway configuration. Photos taken 09/09/05.
Before May 2012, the segment of Alternate U.S. 395 along Bowers Mansion Road was known as Nevada 429. From here, Alternate U.S. 395 and former Nevada 429 travel south to Bowers Mansion Regional Park and Davis Creek Park; these points of interest are within two miles of here. Alternate U.S. 395 and Nevada 429 continue south along the eastern base of Slide Mountain to Franktown. Photos taken 09/09/05.
This U.S. 395 north and Nevada 429 south shield assembly used to be posted near Bowers Mansion and Washoe City. This of course has changed since the construction of the Interstate 580 freeway in 2012. Photo taken 09/09/05 and by Mike Ballard (08/12/99).

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Page Updated October 8, 2012.