U.S. Route 395 in Nevada

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U.S. Route 395 marker

U.S. Route 395
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 95
Maintained by NDOT
Length85.627 mi[1] (137.803 km)
Existed1926–present
Major junctions
South end US 395 at California state line in Topaz Lake
 
North end US 395 at California state line near Hallelujah Junction
Location
CountiesDouglas, City of Carson City, Washoe
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 379SR 396

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 in 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).

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.

Route description[edit]

Southbound US 395 in Douglas County, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the I-580/US 50 intersection in Carson City

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

At the south end of Carson City, the route intersects the southern terminus of I-580 and US 50. The three routes then continue on a freeway bypass around the east side of Carson City. US 50 departs from the freeway at East William Street, while I-580 and US 395 continue north through Carson City.

View north along US 395 in Reno, just north of I-80

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 freeway 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 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.

History[edit]

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]

There were plans to extend the US 395 freeway from US 50 and the southern terminus of I-580 to SR 757 and Muller Lane.[4] The given name would be called the Carson Valley Freeway.[citation needed]

The routing for I-580 and US 395 had been considered as a potential alignment for the extension of I-11 from US 95 north of Walker Lake to I-80 at the Spaghetti Bowl interchange in Reno.[5][6]

Major intersections[edit]

Note: Mileposts in Nevada reset at county lines. The start and end mileposts for each county are given in the county column. Exits 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

US 50 west / US 395 Bus. north (S. Carson Street) – South Lake Tahoe
Southern end of I-580/US 50 concurrency
Southern end of freeway
US 395 overlaps with I-580 and US 50 (exits 3 to 5)
City of Carson City to WashoeCity of Carson City to RenoUS 395 overlaps with I-580 (exits 5 to 36)
Washoe
WA 0.00–42.10
Reno68 I‑80 – Elko, SacramentoNorthern end of I-580 concurrency; signed as I-580 exits 36A (east) and 36B (west) northbound; I-80 exit 15
69Oddie BoulevardFormer SR 663
70N. McCarran Boulevard (SR 659), Clear Acre Lane (SR 443) – Sun ValleySigned as exits 70A (McCarran Boulevard) and 70B (Clear Acre Lane) northbound; N. McCarran Boulevard was former SR 650/SR 651
71Dandini Boulevard, Parr BoulevardServes Truckee Meadows Community College and Desert Research Institute
72
US 395 Bus. south (SR 430 south to N. Virginia Street) – Reno
Northbound exit signed as "Panther Valley"
73Golden Valley Road
74Lemmon Drive
76Stead Boulevard (SR 673 south)Serves Reno Stead Airport
78Red Rock (Red Rock Road)
80Cold Springs Valley (White Lakes Parkway)
83Bordertown (Village Parkway)
85.627137.803 US 395 north – SusanvilleContinuation into California
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2018). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Nevada State Highway Department (1937). Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map). Scale not given. Carson City: Nevada State Highway Department.
  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.
  4. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (n.d.). "US 395 Southern Sierra Corridor Study". Nevada Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Fuhs, Brandon (March 14, 2018). "Reno City Council Learns Potential Corridors for Future Interstate 11". Reno: KTVN. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Marroquin, Art (July 13, 2018). "Public Meetings on Future of I-11 to Be Held in 7 Nevada cities". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2019.

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