Business Loop I-80 - Elko

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Elko, NV road map

A regional service center for northeastern Nevada, the city of Elko lies along Interstate 80 between Exits 298 and 303. Idaho Street to the city center is the historic alignment of U.S. 40. Business Loop I-80, and two segments of Nevada 535 follow Idaho Street between the west and east Elko interchanges along a 5.5 mile course.

Business Loop I-80 & Nevada 535 east
Business Loop I-80 (Idaho Street) eastbound at the southern terminus of Nevada 225 (Mountain City Highway). Nevada 225 meets Interstate 80 (Exit 301) in 0.9 miles. Silver Street stems southeast a short distance from Idaho Street to Main and 3rd Streets. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Idaho Street advances east along a five-lane boulevard from SR 225 (Mountain City Highway) toward 3rd Street. Photo taken 05/16/12.
Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 535 east (Idaho Street) enter the Elko business district at the intersection with Third Street. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80 & Nevada 535 (Idaho Street) approach the northern terminus of Nevada 227 (Fifth Street) in Downtown Elko. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Nevada 227 travels along Fifth Street southeast across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and the Humboldt River to east Elko. Lamoille Highway continues the route across the Elko Hills to Spring Creek. Photo taken 05/16/12.
Business Loop I-80 east
A confirming marker for Business Loop I-80 stands on the block of Idaho Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Photo taken 09/09/05.
SR 535 was decommissioned from SR 227 (5th Street) and the Elko County Courthouse along the remainder of Idaho Street to Jennings Way. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Twelfth Street provides an alternate route between Idaho Street and Nevada 227 (Lamoille Highway) to the Ruby Mountain Recreational Areas. 12th Street spans the Humboldt River on the 0.9 mile course to Lamoille Highway. Photo taken 09/09/05.
College Avenue arcs west from the succeeding traffic light along Idaho Street (old U.S. 40) eastbound to Elko City Hall, Elko Convention Center and 13th Street north to Great Basin College. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Business Loop I-80 returns to I-80 from Idaho Street by way of Jennings Way. 0.25 miles of Jennings Way is state maintained and inventoried by NDOT as FREL17 (Elko County Frontage Road #17). Photo taken 08/04/13.
An erroneous black and white Interstate 80 shield directs traffic to the adjacent freeway. I-80 stretches over 410 miles across the Silver State, connecting Elko with Reno and Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Although not quite the freeway entrance, Jennings Way links Idaho Street with the eastbound entrance ramp to Wells and West Wendover in a tenth of a mile. Old U.S. 40 (Idaho Street) otherwise continues east adjacent to the freeway to Osino. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A smaller guide sign stands at the northeast corner of Idaho Street and Jennings Way for I-80. Photo taken 09/08/05.
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Business Loop I-80 concludes as Jennings Way enters I-80's east Elko interchange. Photo taken 09/09/05. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Jennings Way extends north from the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 80 to Ruby Vista Drive, the north side freeway frontage road, and the Ruby Vista Apartment community developed in 2015. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Business Loop I-80 west
Jennings Way (FREL17) links Business Loop I-80 with Idaho Street (old U.S. 40) from the east Elko interchange along Interstate 80. A small guide sign directs motorists bound for the Ruby Mountain Recreation Areas onto Idaho Street west for Nevada 228 (Fifth Street) south. Nevada 228 stems south from Downtown Elko to Spring Creek, Lamoille and the Ruby Mountains Photo taken 08/04/13.
A lone Business Loop I-80 shield directs motorists toward Downtown Elko via Idaho Street (former SR 535). A Nevada tourist information center is located along Idaho Street nearby. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Idaho Street meets Jennings Way along a commercial strip at Sunrise Shopping Center. An array of lodging establishments and fast food franchises line this stretch of old U.S. 40. Photo taken 08/04/13.
An I-80 trailblazer directs motorists along Idaho Street (old U.S. 40) westbound to Jennings Way. Photo taken 09/08/05.
Heading southwest along Idaho Street, Business Loop I-80 intersects College Avenue at the ensuing traffic light. College Avenue arcs southwest around Main City Park. Elko City Hall and Elko Convention Cener lie just to the west. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Idaho Street varies between a four and five lane boulevard through northeast Elko. College Avenue parallels Business Loop I-80 to the west, connecting with 13th Street to Great Basin College. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Tourist information is available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at Sherman Station. Sherman Station lies at the northwest corner of Idaho and 14th Streets within Main City Park. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A vintage motel marquee along Business Loop I-80 (Idaho Street) west at 13th Street. Photo taken 08/04/13.
12th Street east provides a cutoff from Business Loop I-80 to SR 227 (Lamoille Highway). The Elko AMTRAK Station is located just off 12th Street at Water Street. Photo taken 08/05/13.
A lane drop occurs along Idaho Street (old U.S. 40) westbound beyond 12th Street. The succeeding signal operates at 9th Street. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Entering Downtown Elko along Business Loop I-80 (Idaho Street) westbound. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Business Loop I-80 (Idaho Street) west at 6th Street in Downtown Elko. Photo taken 08/05/13.
The Elko County Courthouse resides on the southwest corner of Idaho Street (old U.S. 40) and 6th Street in Downtown. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Nevada 227 ends at the Idaho Street intersection with 5th Street. Unmarked from Business Loop I-80 west, the state route connects Elko with the communities of Spring Creek, Lamoille, and Jiggs (via Nevada 228) beyond the Elko Hills. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Business Loop I-80 & Nevada 535 west
Business Loop I-80 is state maintained between SR 227 (5th Street) and SR 225 (Mountain City Highway). The 0.79 mile stretch is the eastern segment of SR 535, which formerly followed all of the business route. Pictured here is the Idaho Street intersection with 4th Street. Photo taken 09/09/05.
The first reassurance marker for Business Loop I-80 west along Idaho Street in Elko stands beyond 3rd Street. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Continuing west along Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 535 (Idaho Street), the next major intersection after leaving Downtown Elko is with Nevada 225 (Mountain City Highway) at Silver Street. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Nevada 225 (Mountain City Highway). in conjunction with Idaho 51, provides the most direct route between northeastern Nevada and Boise. Silver Street ties into the intersection from across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Photo taken 09/09/05.
A diamond interchange joins SR 225 (Mountain City Highway) with Interstate 80 in less than a mile. SR 225 otherwise meets SR 226 in 27 miles. SR 226 spurs northwest from there 29 miles to Jack Creek. Photo taken 09/09/05.
SR 535 is discontinuous between SR 225 (Mountain City Highway) and the west Elko city line. Posted ahead of Elko Regional Airport (EKO), this SR 535 shield assembly remained along Idaho Street westbound as of 2015. Photo taken 09/09/05.
SR 535 overlays the western 2.41 miles of Business Loop I-80. Idaho Street transitions into a rural highway beyond Elko Regional Airport on the approach to I-80. Grindstone Mountain rises to the far southwest. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Business Loop I-80 and Nevada 535 bend west to conclude at a diamond interchange (Exit 298) with Interstate 80. I-80 travels 286 miles west to Reno and 229 miles back to Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo taken 09/09/05.
Prior to the completion of Interstate 80 around Elko, U.S. 40 (Idaho Street) continued west along a linear course and defaulted onto the temporary freeway beginning to the Hunter interchange. Photo taken 09/09/05.

Photo Credits:

  • 09/08/05 by AARoads.
  • 09/09/05 by AARoads.
  • 05/16/12 by Steve Hanudel and Erik Slotboom.
  • 08/04/13 by AARoads.
  • 08/05/13 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 80
State Route 225 - Mountain City Highway
State Route 227 - Lamoille Highway

Page Updated 07-25-2018.