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U.S. Route 395 in Nevada

U.S. Route 395 (US 395) is an 85-mile-long (137 km) United States Numbered Highway near Lake Tahoe in the state of Nevada. It traverses the state after entering from California at Topaz Lake and crosses back into California near Hallelujah Junction. US 395 serves the cities of Gardnerville, Minden, Carson City and Reno. All of US 395 north of Carson City is a freeway and is built up to Interstate Highway standards. Part of the freeway section is also designated as Interstate 580 (I-580).

U.S. Route 395 marker

U.S. Route 395
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length85.627 mi[1] (137.803 km)
Existed1926–present
Major junctions
South end US 395 at California state line at Topaz Lake
 
North end US 395 at California state line near Hallelujah Junction
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 379US 395 Alt.

US 395 is an important regional highway, serving the communities of western Nevada, connecting them to other major communities via California, and it is the only major north–south arterial for the geographically isolated region.

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Route descriptionEdit

 
Looking south on US 395, just south of US 50 near Carson City

US 395 enters Nevada at Topaz Lake as a two-lane highway and gradually winds its way to Carson Valley where it becomes the principal thoroughfare for the Minden-Gardnerville area. Upon entering the Carson Valley, US 395 becomes a four-lane highway through Minden and Gardnerville. Upon leaving Minden, the highway becomes a four-lane divided highway and turns due north towards Carson City.

 
Old US 395 running through Pleasant Valley with the I-580 extension under construction through the mountains above, as seen from Geiger Grade (SR 341)

At the south end of Carson City, the route intersects US 50, and the southern terminus of Interstate 580, which provide a bypass around Carson City. US 50 departs from the freeway at East William Street, while Interstate 580 begins here and heads north through Carson City concurrent with US 395.

 
View north along US 395 in Reno, just north of I-580's northern terminus

Upon exiting Carson City, the freeway continues north through Washoe Valley and crosses through the mountains west of Washoe City and Pleasant Valley before entering Reno. Upon entering Reno, the route is designated as the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway. The highway heads north to the I-80 interchange near Downtown Reno and I-580 ends here. Shortly afterward, US 395 turns northwest to serve the northern valleys of the greater Reno area before returning to California at Bordertown.

The entire route of US 395 through Nevada closely follows the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada range. Several prominent peaks are visible from the highway, including Jobs Peak and Mount Rose.

HistoryEdit

Per Nevada Historical Marker number 124, located along the route near Minden, this portion of US 395 was originally built as a toll road called Boyd's Toll Road. The original state route designations for modern US 395 was SR 9 north of Reno, SR 3 Reno to Holbrook (at the modern junction of US 395 and SR 208) and SR 19 from there to the state line at Topaz Lake. The US 395 designation was added to the route by 1937.[2] From the inception of the Interstate Highway system there were plans to upgrade the portion from Carson City to Reno to Interstate Highway standards, and while portions were improved, rerouted and rebuilt to a new freeway alignment starting in the 1960s, the road was not officially signed as Interstate 580 until 2012.[3]

Major intersectionsEdit

Note: Mileposts in Nevada reset at county lines. Freeway exits are numbered according to statewide mileage.
CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Douglas
DO 0.00–33.96
Topaz Lake0.0000.000  US 395 south – BishopContinuation into California
Holbrook Junction  SR 208 east – Yerington
Gardnerville  SR 756 west
Minden  SR 88 south – Woodfords, Lake Tahoe
  SR 757 west / Muller Lane
  SR 206 south – Genoa
  SR 759 east (Airport Road) – Minden–Tahoe Airport
City of Carson City
CC 0.00–9.56
35    
   US 50 west / US 395 Bus. north (S. Carson Street) – South Lake Tahoe
Southern end of I-580 / US 50 overlap
Southern end of freeway
38Fairview Drive
39  US 50 east (E. William Street) – Dayton, FallonNorthern end of US 50 overlap
41College ParkwayServes Carson Airport and Western Nevada College
42Arrowhead DriveNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
43   
  US 395 Bus. south (N. Carson Street)
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Washoe
WA 0.00–42.10
Washoe Valley44Eastlake Boulevard (to US 395 Alt.)Serves Washoe Lake State Park
46Bellevue Road
Washoe City50Old US 395 (US 395 Alt., Bowers Mansion Road, Carson–Reno Highway) – Washoe CityServes Bowers Mansion
Pleasant ValleyGalena Creek Bridge
Reno56  SR 431 (Mount Rose Highway) – North Lake TahoeAlso serves SR 341 (Geiger Grade) to Virginia City
57BS. Virginia Street south (US 395 Alt. south) – Virginia City, Washoe CitySouthbound exit and northbound entrance
57AS. Virginia Street north (US 395 Alt. north / US 395 Bus. north)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
59Damonte Ranch Parkway
60South Meadows Parkway (SR 426 west)
61S. Virginia Street (US 395 Alt. / US 395 Bus.)
62Neil Road, Meadowood Mall Way
63S. Virginia Street (US 395 Bus.), Kietzke LaneSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
64Moana LaneServes Reno-Sparks Convention Center
65  Plumb Lane (SR 653), Villanova Drive, Reno-Tahoe International AirportSigned as exits 65A (Plumb Lane, Villanova Drive) and 65B (airport) southbound
66Mill Street
67E. Second Street, Glendale Avenue (SR 648)
68  I‑80 – Sparks, Elko, Reno, SacramentoNorthern end of I-580 overlap; signed as exits 68A (east) and 68B (west) northbound; I-80 exit 15
69Oddie Boulevard
70N. McCarran Boulevard (SR 659), Clear Acre Lane (SR 443) – Sun ValleySigned as exits 70A (McCarran Boulevard) and 70B (Clear Acre Lane) northbound
71Dandini Boulevard, Parr BoulevardServes Truckee Meadows Community College and Desert Research Institute
72   
  US 395 Bus. south (SR 430 south to N. Virginia Street) – Panther Valley, Reno
73Golden Valley Road
74Lemmon Drive
76Stead Boulevard (SR 673 south)Serves Reno Stead Airport
78Red Rock Road
80Cold Springs Valley (White Lakes Parkway)
83Bordertown (Village Parkway)
85.627137.803  US 395 north – SusanvilleNorthern end of freeway; continuation into California
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
 
Northbound US 395, approaching the Neil Road exit

Special routesEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2018). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ State Highway Department's Official Road Map, State of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1937.
  3. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation. "History & Overview". I-580 Extension Project website. Nevada Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.

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