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Old 01-24-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I was surprised there is no direct freeway/interstate from the Las Vegas Metro up to the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area, does anyone know if there are any future plans for such a road? Or, is this route not heavily travled enough for a need for this?
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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I hope not . . .

. . . and I haven't heard of any plans. Then again, I haven't researched the issue, either.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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Wasn't there at one time a proposed interstate (I-13?) that would branch off of I-5 somewhere in the Mt. Shasta area of California and then go through Reno, Carson City, Las Vegas, and end in Phoenix?

I know that a link from Reno to Carson City is being worked on as Carson is one of the few state capitals without a connection to an interstate.

I'm thinking it will be decades before they can justify building a freeway between Reno and Las Vegas as traffic at the present just can't justify such an expenditure.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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if they put in a freeway, they'll put in hwy patrol and then you can't drive 100mph........if you were so inclined....I, of course, NEVER exceed the posted speed limit.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:55 PM
 
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I know that a link from Reno to Carson City is being worked on as Carson is one of the few state capitals without a connection to an interstate.
Yeah, they're working on that thing again after a long delay. It comes down through Reno and then joins back up with the old US 395 through the Washoe Valley. Once it hits the north end of Carson City, it becomes a freeway again until it gets to the south part of Carson City and ends. It'll be a few more years until they have that middle portion built and in use.

Although it has a different number assigned to it since it's a spur off of I80, it's basicly a freeway replacement for Highway 395. It more or less parallels the old US 395.

I haven't heard of any extensions beyond Carson City anywhere in the near future. I certainly hope it doesn't head further south into Douglas while I'm around. It's nice not having a freeway down here.

Perhaps one day a long time from now, it might have some connection to a future freeway into Las Vegas. However, I think I'll be long dead by the time that happens.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:03 AM
 
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You're talking about almost 500 miles between LV and Reno, thru an area that just is'nt heaviliy traveled. I dont see it happening anytime soon.....besides, the Feds need the money to waste in Iraq!!
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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95 up south of Tonopah can have one car every 5 minutes...and that during the day. I don't think it will ever qualify for freeway treatment.

Be much more sensible to move the Capitol south. Then we could knock off half or two thirds of the traffic on the route.

The 395 parallel is actually a sad story. Route planning by NIMBY. The route chosen was simply the one no one objected to. It is far too expensive and unneccessary and even a little dangerous in spots and will have to be closed to some vehicles in strong weather.

What was really needed was an upgrade of 395..but that was fought by the locals. So we end up with a multiple million waste that won't be as good as an upgraded 395.

The right thing to do is simply cut off all new highway expenditures in the north for 10 or 20 years. Let Vegas catch up.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Wow, Olecapt you are extremeley Vegas biased. First of all the capitol will never and should never move.

To say that we shouldn't spend money in the north? Reno has been growing also, we have our own set off traffic problems.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Wow, Olecapt you are extremeley Vegas biased. First of all the capitol will never and should never move.

To say that we shouldn't spend money in the north? Reno has been growing also, we have our own set off traffic problems.

Well of course I am. I live there. And you and the north gang have been screwing Las Vegas for years and years.

But the worm turns. And I think it would be great to locate the Capitol at say Freemont and 10th. Urban renewal at its best.

And maybe we could give Washoe and Douglas to CA.

Gibbons and Raggio going to figure out how to fund the State from local revenues...can't you spell steal from Clark County.

Down with all the northern bandits.
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:32 AM
 
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I was surprised there is no direct freeway/interstate from the Las Vegas Metro up to the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area, does anyone know if there are any future plans for such a road? Or, is this route not heavily travled enough for a need for this?
While the present route options may not be the most direct, Reno to LV is one of the easier drives I have ever made. Very little traffic, decent roads, and weather rarely is of concern. I would guess most traffic to/from both Reno and LV is East/West, rather than North/South.
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