I-80 frontage road closure begins Sept. 11 as NDOT replaces Lovelock-area bridge

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Transportation will begin a 

project Sept. 11 to replace an aging bridge on State Route 396/Upper Valley Road north of Lovelock.

The bridge is located where State Route 396/Upper Valley Road transitions into a frontage road and travels over Union Pacific Railroad tracks alongside Interstate 80, approximately two miles north of I-80 Coal Canyon exit 112.

Beginning Sept. 11 through winter, the bridge will be removed and the frontage road between I-80 Coal Canyon exit 112 and Oreana exit 119 will be closed to through traffic. Local and residential traffic will be able to access the frontage road via I-80 exits 112 and 119. 

Detours for residential traffic will add approximately ten minutes of travel time. 

Brief frontage road traffic closures may also take place in the spring for final paving and finishing construction. Interstate traffic will not be impacted.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1931, with some subsequent widening and improvements.

For safety, travel over the aging bridge has been prohibited for heavy commercial vehicles.

The original structure will be replaced by a more than thirty-two foot wide steel girder bridge, providing a four-foot wider roadway.