Interstate 580 & U.S. 395 South - Washoe Valley to Carson City

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Interstate 580 & U.S. 395 south
The Galena Forest NDOT Anti-Icing Facility appears along the west side of I-580 & U.S. 395 at the first of several spans along the August 2012-completed I-580 Extension section between Reno and Washoe Valley. Photo taken 07/17/17.
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Interstate 580 & U.S. 395 straddle the eastern slopes of the Steamboat Hills overlooking Steamboat Valley. Photos taken 06/29/14.
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A chain up area lines the southbound lanes of Interstate 580 on the hills rising north of Pleasant Valley. Photos taken 07/17/17.
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An S-curve west of Pleasant Valley takes I-580 & U.S. 395 south to the 690 foot high cathedral arch bridge spanning Galena Creek.1 Photos taken 07/17/17, 06/29/14.
Measuring 1,700 feet in length, the Galena Creek bridge accommodates six lanes of traffic.1 The bridge is located at Washoe County postmile 10.56. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The NDOT Galena Creek De-Icing Facility lies at the south end of the Galena Creek arch bridge. Photo taken 06/29/14.
Slide Mountain (el. 9,698 feet) rises along the west side of I-580 & U.S. 395 as the freeway advances southward toward the Browns Creek bridge. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The last in a series southbound, the Browns Creek De-Icing Facility operates just west of the span. Photo taken 06/29/14.
Washoe Lake and Washoe Valley spreads into view as I-580 & U.S. 395 lower along side U.S. 395 Alternate by Washoe City. Photo taken 07/17/17.
U.S. 395 Alternate (Old US 395) converges with I-580 west from Washoe Summit (el. 5,120 feet) and Washoe City at Exit 50 in one mile. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The diamond interchange (Exit 50) with Old US 395 lies along the east side of Davis Creek Regional Park. Old US 395 winds southwest from there along the eastern foothills of the Carson Range to Bowers Mansion Regional Park. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Exit 50 departs from I-580 & U.S. 395 south for U.S. 395 Alternate (Old US 395). Old US 395 (former SR 429) loops west to Franktown and back to the freeway at Exit 44. Large semi trucks and RV's are directed onto the two-lane highway during high wind events. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Interstate 580 transitions onto the Washoe Lake Freeway, a linear route opened for U.S. 395 in 1970. Photo taken 06/29/14.
Progressing south, I-580 & U.S. 395 run between the west shore of Washoe Lake and Toiyabe National Forest over the ensuing 3.5 miles. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Carson City lies ten miles south along I-580 and U.S. 395 Business (North Carson Street). Minden follows in 24 miles within Carson Valley. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The Carson Range frames the west side of Washoe Valley. The mountain range falls within the protected lands of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The national forest covers substantial acreage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, including lands west toward Lake Tahoe. Photo taken 06/29/14.
A second reassurance sign assembly stands along the Washoe Lake Freeway beyond Franktown Creek, Shields for I-580 and U.S. 395 were missing by 2017. Photo taken 06/29/14.
The succeeding exit joins I-580 & U.S. 395 south with Bellevue Road at the rural Bellevue Estates community. This exchange was renumbered from Exit 44 to 46 by 2009. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Bellevue Road leads 0.7 miles west from the parclo interchange (Exit 46) with I-580 to U.S. 395 Alternate (Old US 395). The road east ends at a cul-de-sac at Washoe Lake. Photo taken 07/17/17.
A nationally standard milepost for I-580 precedes the entrance ramp from Bellevue Road. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Confirming shields for southbound I-580 & U.S. 395, east of Thunder Canyon Golf Course. A state-named shield for I-580 was posted here previously. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Continuing south toward the Virginia Range, I-580 & U.S. 395 next meet Eastlake Boulevard and U.S. 395 Alternate (Old US 395) north at Lakeview. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Washoe Lake State Park encompasses areas east of I-580 from Bellevue Road south to Exit 44, and along East lake Boulevard northeast toward New Washoe City. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Old US 395 (former SR 429) accompanies the west frontage of I-580 & U.S. 395 leading south into the modified diamond interchange (Exit 44) with Eastlake Boulevard (former SR 428). U.S. 395 Alternate concludes at the ensuing on-ramp beyond Hobart Road at Lakeview. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The remaining five interchanges along I-580 serve Carson City, as the freeway encircles the east side of the state capital. North Carson Street (U.S. 395 Business) splits at the succeeding off-ramp (Exit 43) in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Curving east, drivers along I-580 lower into Eagle Valley from Lakeview Summit (el. 5,113 feet) to a wye interchange (Exit 43) with U.S. 395 Business. North Carson Street leads three miles south to the Nevada State Capitol Building. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Interstate 580 & U.S. 395 formally cross into Carson City line just ahead of Lakeview Summit. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The on-ramp from the ending U.S. 395 Alternate adds a southbound auxiliary lane to Exit 43 to North Carson Street and Downtown Carson City. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Departing with two lanes, the off-ramp from southbound I-580 & U.S. 395 to U.S. 395 Business and the West Side Historic District lowers at a 7% grade. The Carson City Freeway southeast to U.S. 50 was completed in 2006. Photo taken 07/17/17.
A welcome sign appears at the split with North Carson Street. An estimated 54,724 people lived in the capital city as of 2016. 52,457 called the municipality home in 2000. Founded in 1858, this historic city encompasses not only the urbanized area but also the surrounding county for approximately 146 square miles. In 1969, Carson City and Ormsby County merged together to become a consolidated city-county. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Measuring six feet in height, a sculpture at the north end of the Carson City Freeway symbolizes Eagle Valley. Similar artwork was erected at the south end of the bypass in 2017. Photo taken 07/17/17.
A half dumbbell interchange (Exit 42 from I-580) with Arrowhead Drive north precedes these confirming markers southbound. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Crossing over Northgate Lane, I-580 advances southeast a half mile to a single point urban interchange (SPUI) with College Parkway. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Lyon Peak in the distant Pine Nut Mountains rises along the eastern horizon on the quarter mile approach to Exit 41 with College Parkway. Photo taken 07/17/17.
College Parkway was formerly SR 531 west through residential areas of north Carson City to U.S. 395 Business and east to Carson City Airport (CXP). College Parkway was extended east in place of Hot Springs Road and Airport Road, which were severed by construction to build I-580. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The Carson City Freeway arcs more to the south between neighborhoods north of Northridge Drive and Carmine Street on the succeeding drive. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Another SPUI along I-580 south connects the Carson City bypass with U.S. 50 east and William Street west at Exit 39. Photo taken 07/17/17.
The U.S. 395 freeway ended at William Street (Exit 39) between February 2006 and September 2009, when the ensuing stretch opened south to Fairview Drive (Exit 38). Photo taken 07/17/17.
William Street formerly was a part of U.S. 50 heading 1.4 miles west to then-U.S. 395 (Carson Street) in Downtown Carson City. The five-lane boulevard was subsequently proposed as U.S. 50 Business, but is now locally maintained. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 39 parts ways with I-580 & U.S. 395 south for U.S. 50 (William Street) east to Dayton and Fallon. Photo taken 07/17/17.
A single lane connects with William Street (old SR 530) west to the Carson City business district. Two lanes link with U.S. 50 east. U.S. 50 traverses the width of Nevada and the Great Basin along what is billed as America's Loneliest Road. Doubling as the historic Lincoln Highway, the route continues from Dayton to Silver Springs, Lahontan State Recreation Area, Austin, Eureka and Ely. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Interstate 580-U.S. 395 south & U.S. 50 west
A parclo interchange (Exit 38) joins the Carson City Freeway with Fairview Drive in one mile. Fairview Drive temporarily carried U.S. 50-395 west from the freeway end to South Carson Street between 2009 and 2017. Photo taken 07/17/17.
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U.S. 50 combines with I-580 & U.S. 395 for 4.9 miles to circumvent Downtown Carson City to the south side of Carson City by Stewart. Photos taken 07/17/17.
The final section of I-580, 3.146 miles south from Fairview Drive to South Carson Street, opened to traffic on August 2, 2017. Photo taken 07/17/17.
Fairview Drive extends south from College Parkway at U.S. 50 (William Street) the arterial belt route around the east side of Eagle Valley to I-580 & U.S. 50-395. West from Exit 38, the four-lane boulevard serves an array of industrial businesses and retail to U.S. 395 Business at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Photo taken 07/17/17.

  1. "Gov. Brian Sandoval: I-580: The history -- and the promise by Governor Brian Sandoval." FOX-Reno News, August 14, 2012.

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09/05/10, 06/29/14, 07/17/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 07-05-2018.