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Re: Nevada
« Reply #100 on: January 25, 2021, 11:55:45 AM »

The last time I drove 93 north of Wells I was surprised by the traffic. Not sure it should be at the top of NDOT's 4-laning priority list but it at least should be on the list.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #101 on: January 26, 2021, 11:30:33 AM »

The last time I drove 93 north of Wells I was surprised by the traffic. Not sure it should be at the top of NDOT's 4-laning priority list but it at least should be on the list.

I recall during the I-11 corridor study that while the US 95 to northwestern Nevada corridor won out over US 93 and eastern Nevada, it was acknowledged that the US 93 corridor will likely need some attention in long-range planning.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #102 on: January 31, 2021, 07:53:55 PM »

https://mynews4.com/news/local/spaghetti-bowl-closures-beginning-january-31

The Nevada DOT is closing the Spaghetti Bowl in the Reno area. That's right Reno also has a Spaghetti Bowl interchange. I remember in the past whenever we talked about the Spaghetti Bowl interchange it was in the Las Vegas area.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #103 on: February 01, 2021, 11:52:21 AM »

https://mynews4.com/news/local/spaghetti-bowl-closures-beginning-january-31

The Nevada DOT is closing the Spaghetti Bowl in the Reno area. That's right Reno also has a Spaghetti Bowl interchange. I remember in the past whenever we talked about the Spaghetti Bowl interchange it was in the Las Vegas area.

They are closing certain ramps/interchanges overnight and/or weekends to accommodate construction activity.

We've discussed Reno's Spaghetti Bowl in a dedicated thread on this board, so let's keep discussion there. (Bing101, you've actually posted a link to a video in that thread previously...)

But an interesting tidbit: The linked article uses a picture of the Spaghetti Bowl in Las Vegas—specifically it's a rendering of the new HOV flyover from Project Neon construction.


EDIT: Fixed link tag
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #104 on: February 01, 2021, 03:42:12 PM »

That's right Reno also has a Spaghetti Bowl interchange. I remember in the past whenever we talked about the Spaghetti Bowl interchange it was in the Las Vegas area.

Yep, there are quite a few Spaghetti Bowl interchanges in the US and elsewhere around the world. The one I'm most familiar with is in Salt Lake City where I-15, I-80, and SR 201 all meet up, which is why it always throws me off for a second whenever someone mentions either of the ones in Nevada.

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Re: Nevada
« Reply #105 on: February 04, 2021, 01:57:50 PM »

Interesting tweet thread here regarding federal requirements as they apply to EV charging stations in Nevada and the possible jeopardizing of federal highway funds. (Disclaimer: The state official who tweeted this is a childhood friend of mine and we still exchange messages occasionally. I bought my first car from his father, who worked with my dad, when I was 16 years old.) What I found myself wondering, and what I might ask him, is why the charging station at Valmy can't be installed at the rest area Google Maps shows on the other side of I-80.




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Re: Nevada
« Reply #106 on: February 04, 2021, 02:14:58 PM »

I can't begin to understand the logic of the gas station owner/operator who doesn't want to be in the EV business because it allegedly cuts into his gasoline sales.

It's not as if the EV will have a dual mode engine that can switch to gasoline when they roll up to his filling station.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #107 on: February 04, 2021, 02:44:06 PM »

I can't begin to understand the logic of the gas station owner/operator who doesn't want to be in the EV business because it allegedly cuts into his gasoline sales.

It's not as if the EV will have a dual mode engine that can switch to gasoline when they roll up to his filling station.

The logic is particularly absurd, since most gas station profits are earned in the convenience store, NOT at the pump.  EV's take at least 30 minutes to charge, even on the fastest superchargers.  I know this because I drive one myself.  I don't like sitting in my car while it charges, so I usually take advantage of the time to buy a cold drink, something to eat, restroom, etc from the adjacent businesses.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #108 on: February 04, 2021, 04:54:08 PM »

.... What I found myself wondering, and what I might ask him, is why the charging station at Valmy can't be installed at the rest area Google Maps shows on the other side of I-80.

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Re: Nevada
« Reply #109 on: February 07, 2021, 05:28:17 PM »

Nevada DOT & Southern Nevada RTC were recently awarded a grant to expand use of emerging transportation technologies along part of the US 95 corridor in Las Vegas.

RTC, NDOT, partners receive $6 million in federal funding for emerging technologies to mitigate traffic congestion and enhance road safety
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LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and partners received a $6 million grant to expand emerging technologies on Las Vegas freeways. The five-mile expansion will extend west of downtown Las Vegas between I-15 and Summerlin Parkway on U.S. 95, a critical corridor that carries approximately 230,000 vehicles daily. These technologies will help enhance safety by mitigating congestion, decreasing the number of crashes, reducing travel time and increasing overall efficiency of the freeway.

The $6 million in funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program. The ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models.
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Some technologies that will be deployed along U.S. 95 include wrong-way sensors that alert drivers immediately if they’re traveling in the wrong direction; occupancy detection sensors in HOV lanes that collect data to reduce congestion and emissions; and overhead signs that warn motorists about incidents, speed reduction and lane closures ahead to mitigate crashes resulting from sudden braking.
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And a short video from the RTC about this:

The most interesting thing to me is the overhead incident signage. This will be an expansion of the system recently deployed as part of Project Neon—a small bit of this stretch (mostly southbound approaching I-15) has this signage installed already through that project, but expanding and having incident signage in both directions along more of US 95 should prove to be beneficial.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #110 on: March 05, 2021, 03:43:25 PM »

Now Open in Nevada! - NV-375, The "Extra-Terrestral Hwy" now has a gas station and general store open in Rachel, NV. Campground / RV hookups coming soon.


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Re: Nevada
« Reply #111 on: March 05, 2021, 09:05:40 PM »

Now Open in Nevada! - NV-375, The "Extra-Terrestral Hwy" now has a gas station and general store open in Rachel, NV. Campground / RV hookups coming soon.


Cool. Rachel even has 4G LTE cell coverage for my phone according to Spectrum.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #112 on: March 07, 2021, 03:01:24 PM »

The Grays just get angry if they can't watch Hulu.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #113 on: March 19, 2021, 11:44:21 AM »

Random: NDOT has changed their website from www.nevadadot.com to www.dot.nv.gov.

I'm curious why they switched...maybe since they're not a commercial enterprise? But it's not like the ".gov" domain is new... *shrug*
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #114 on: April 18, 2021, 08:31:17 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.1966947,-114.8542744,3a,30.1y,339.33h,88.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-i3bz8aqcgrq5jGzTzBOfA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
What's up with this? I thought Nevada (like every state but Texas) never posted above 70 on at-grade highways.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #115 on: April 18, 2021, 08:36:46 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.1966947,-114.8542744,3a,30.1y,339.33h,88.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-i3bz8aqcgrq5jGzTzBOfA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
What's up with this? I thought Nevada (like every state but Texas) never posted above 70 on at-grade highways.

Really it could be 85 MPH south of Boulder City on most of US 95 to the State Line.  Aside from Searchlight it doesn’t get any straighter or easier of a drive. 
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #116 on: April 18, 2021, 08:38:04 PM »

Oh, I don't doubt that at all. :D
I just thought Nevada didn't allow over 70 on at-grades. Are there other examples of something like this?
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #117 on: April 18, 2021, 08:39:56 PM »

Oh, I don't doubt that at all. :D
I just thought Nevada didn't allow over 70 on at-grades. Are there other examples of something like this?

I believe so for grade separated expressways.  I want to say US 95 north of Las Vegas approaching Mercury is like this now also.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #118 on: April 18, 2021, 11:21:07 PM »

I wish Nevada would one up Texas and become the first state with 100MPH speed limits. I’m not going to admit anything, but I believe there are multiple roads that would be good candidates for this.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #119 on: April 19, 2021, 01:16:17 AM »

I'd rather have the old Montana "Reasonable and proper" than 100 mph. I think a speed limit that high encourages people to speed unnecessarily, thinking they should be driving that fast. Reasonable and proper may draw a few pure speed enthusiasts, but those who drive that fast - even if it's well above 100 mph - either have the ability and proper equipment or are soon dead. I'm good with that.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #120 on: April 19, 2021, 04:36:35 AM »

100 MPH sounds fast on paper but with many new cars you can come close to that driving over 90 and not really realize it. R&P sounds like it had too many issues with LEOs deciding what the speed limit was and led to many problems. I can’t tell you how often I’ve driven about 100 on I-15 with absolutely zero issues but I also maintain my car unlike many others.

Outside of drunk drivers and a few speed enthusiasts, I don’t see many opting to go that fast anyways maybe 85-90. Only reason it wouldn’t be safe is the plague of left lane campers in this country. If anything I do think the limit should at least be 85 from Barstow to Rose PKWY.
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« Reply #121 on: April 19, 2021, 08:09:13 AM »

I-80 would probably be the place to put 100 MPH if I was going to choose one.  Aside from spread out trucks there isn’t much east of Reno towards the Utah State Line to cause much of a slowdown.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #122 on: April 19, 2021, 10:35:28 AM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.1966947,-114.8542744,3a,30.1y,339.33h,88.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-i3bz8aqcgrq5jGzTzBOfA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
What's up with this? I thought Nevada (like every state but Texas) never posted above 70 on at-grade highways.

You'd have to better define "at-grade highway" (which I don't think is a term regularly used).

NDOT doesn't post two-lane highways above 70. The vast majority of two-lane highway mileage in the state is posted at 70.

US 95 is mostly a divided highway between Boulder City and the SR 163/Laughlin Hwy turnoff (the linked view becomes divided once you get past the turn for the gas station) with very few turnoffs or intersections. As such, 75 is appropriate.

Oh, I don't doubt that at all. :D
I just thought Nevada didn't allow over 70 on at-grades. Are there other examples of something like this?

I believe so for grade separated expressways.  I want to say US 95 north of Las Vegas approaching Mercury is like this now also.

Unless anything has changed since early January 2021, the divided highway section of US 95 between SR 156/Kyle Canyon Rd (urban limit of Las Vegas) and the Mercury interchange is posted at 70 mph (except for the 45 zone through Indian Springs).

I'm not aware of any other non-Interstate divided highway stretches in Nevada that are posted higher than 70. Only other one I can think of that comes close is US 395 between Carson City and Minden, and that is posted at 65.
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Re: Nevada
« Reply #123 on: May 05, 2021, 04:33:50 PM »

The long-talked about project to add a second bridge over the Colorado River connecting between Laughlin, NV and Bullhead City, AZ is one step closer to reality now.

$52.4M contract awarded for Laughlin-to-Bullhead City bridge Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/5/2021
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The Clark County Commission Tuesday approved the lowest submitted bid of $52.4 million from contractor Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. to build the five-span, 724-foot long bridge.

Nearly $26 million of the project’s cost will come from the Regional Transportation Commission. Another $20.9 million will come from the federal government, earmarked in 2005 by then Sen. Harry Reid, $4.5 million from Bullhead City and $1.1 million from Clark County.
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Construction is slated to begin by year’s end and work crews have 730 days to complete the project, according to the bid agreement.

The new bridge will take some of the traffic volume off the existing four-lane bridge that connects Highways 95 and 68 in Arizona with Highway 163 in Nevada, according to the Associated Press. That bridge was completed in 1987 and has since seen over 600 million people travel across it.
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“Twenty years ago the need was identified and now, with over 30,000 vehicles traveling on Highway 95 through Bullhead City every day, the need is becoming more urgent,” he said. “Both Bullhead City and Laughlin are growing at a tremendous pace and this bridge will create a circular loop connecting both of our communities.”

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Re: Nevada
« Reply #124 on: May 31, 2021, 03:17:01 AM »

NDOT is making changes to their Twitter presence. Their current @nevadadot handle will remain, but they are launching regional accounts that will now be used to post many of the traffic alerts that had been previously posted to the statewide account.

NDOT Launches Regional Twitter Accounts, NDOT press release, 5/17/21
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With nearly 35,000 followers, NDOT’s long-standing @NevadaDOT statewide Twitter account, which launched in 2009, will continue to provide transportation updates and insight with statewide, programmatic, or unique regional significance.

However, the following three regional accounts will be the new location to find automated traffic alerts specific to each region:

@NevadadotVegas- Clark, Nye, Esmeralda and Lincoln counties. Southern Nevada from Mina to Searchlight.
@NevadadotReno- Washoe, Douglas, Churchill, Storey, Lyon, Pershing and Mineral counties. Northwestern Nevada from Reno-Tahoe to Lovelock and from northern Washoe County to Hawthorne.
@NevadadotElko- Elko, Humboldt, White Pine, Eureka and Lander counties. Northeastern Nevada from Winnemucca to West Wendover and from Jackpot to Ely.

The change means that automated regional highway alerts such as roadway lane closures and wind warnings previously posted to the statewide @NevadaDOT account will now instead be posted to the respective regional accounts, providing targeted traffic alerts such as:

- Highway and state road construction updates and closures
- High-profile vehicle wind prohibitions on wind-prone highway such as Interstate 580 in Washoe Valley
- Snow tire and chain requirements
- Parade or other special events temporarily restricting highway travel
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NDOT will continue selectively sharing automated traffic alerts on the main @NevadaDOT account until mid-June. Nevadans are encouraged to continue following @NevadaDOT for statewide transportation information and begin following the regional NDOT Twitter accounts of interest.

This is a welcome change. There are days where the traffic alerts really clutter up the Twitter feed on the main account, especially with all the shenanigans that can happen on Vegas roadways.

I seem to recall years ago that NDOT used to have a separate account for the Vegas area, but that has long since been discontinued...probably now that many social media postings can be automated, multiple accounts are now easier to maintain.

It appears the coverage areas for the three regional accounts roughly correspond to the NDOT maintenance district boundaries...noting that the locations of these regional accounts are also the cities in which the three districts’ main offices are located.
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