U.S. Route 95 in Nevada

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 95 in Nevada. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 95.

U.S. Route 95 marker

U.S. Route 95
Veterans Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 646.71 mi[2] (1,040.78 km)
508.410 miles (818.207 km) independent of other routes[1]
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 95 at California state line near Cal-Nev-Ari
  US 93 in Boulder City
I‑215 in Henderson
I‑15 / US 93 in Las Vegas
CC 215 in Las Vegas
US 6 from Tonopah to Coaldale
US 50 in Fallon
I‑80 from Trinity to Winnemucca
North end: US 95 at the Oregon state line near McDermitt
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
US 93 Alt. US 95 Alt.

U.S. Route 95 (US 95) is a major U.S. highway traversing the U.S. state of Nevada from north to south directly through Las Vegas and providing connections to both Carson City (via US 50) and Reno (via Interstate 80). US 95 is cosigned with Interstate 80 for 95 miles (153 km) between a junction in Churchill County and Winnemucca before heading north into Oregon at McDermitt.

Along much of its course through Nevada, US 95 has signs designating it as the Veterans Memorial Highway. A portion of the route in Las Vegas northwest of downtown is also called the Oran K. Gragson Freeway, named for the Las Vegas mayor who advocated for construction of that portion of freeway in the 1960s.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 95 enters Nevada near Cal-Nev-Ari in Clark County and heads north towards Railroad Pass, where it meets US 93. The two routes are then cosigned in the Las Vegas area and east of Henderson, Interstate 515 begins. I-515 is cosigned with US 93/95 for its entire route around eastern Las Vegas. The freeway then heads west into downtown Las Vegas, where it intersects Interstate 15. At the Spaghetti Bowl interchange, US 93 follows I-15 northbound and I-515 ends. US 95 heads west, then north at the Rainbow Curve. The freeway portion then ends and then it becomes a brief four-lane divided highway. US 95 exits Clark County and heads into eastern Nye County for 107 miles. It then enters Esmeralda and continues for 44 miles before meeting US 6 in Tonopah, back in Nye County. US 6/95 leave Tonopah, after two miles, enters Esmeralda County again, and heads west for 41 miles (66 km) until Coaldale, where US 6 splits west towards California and its western terminus in Bishop, California. US 95 then heads northwest towards Hawthorne and Schurz, where ALT U.S. 95 splits west towards US 50, providing an alternate route towards Carson City and Reno. US 95 itself goes north towards Fallon, where it intersects U.S. 50. US 95 meets Interstate 80 and US 95 Alternate about halfway between Lovelock and Fernley. The two routes then run concurrently for 95 miles (153 km) until reaching Winnemucca, where US 95 splits from I-80 and follows Interstate 80 Business into downtown Winnemucca. In downtown Winnemucca, U.S. 95 turns north in the general direction of Paradise Valley, leaving Interstate 80 Business to follow SR 289 east. North of Winnemucca, US 95 meets the eastern terminus of SR 140, which connects to Lakeview (U.S. Route 395) and Klamath Falls, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. U.S. 95 finally exits Nevada at McDermitt and heads into Oregon.[3]


I-80/US 95 concurrency near Winnemucca

Extension into Nevada[edit]

When the original plan for the U.S. highway system was adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) in 1926, US 95 was one of the routes created. At that time, however, the route only existed in Idaho from the Canadian border near Eastport to Weiser near the Oregon state line.[4][5] A proposal to extend US 95 south to Winnemucca was considered by AASHO in 1937; however, action was deferred due to incomplete sections in Oregon. AASHO reconsidered the idea at its meeting on June 28, 1939, as part of a larger plan to extend the highway south to Blythe, California. This plan was adopted, officially establishing US 95 throughout Nevada effective January 1, 1940.[5][6] The route was marked along several preexisting state highways as follows:[7][8]

The new Nevada portion of US 95 covered a distance of approximately 686 miles (1,104 km). The entire route was on paved roads, except for a small portion of SR 5 between the California state line and Searchlight.[8]

US 95 northbound in downtown Winnemucca

Fallon to Winnemucca realignment[edit]

When U.S. Route 95 was designated through Nevada, it avoided using a shorter alignment between Winnemucca and Fallon. The northern segment of State Route 1A had been previously established running north from Fallon to connect with US 40 southwest of Lovelock. At the time, however, this portion of SR 1A was mostly an unimproved road.[8] State Route 1A had been completely paved by 1959,[9] and the US 95 designation was moved over it by 1960. This new alignment eliminated the need to drive west to Fernley and then double back eastward, shortening the highway's length by about 26 miles (42 km).[10]

When US 95 was realigned, the former route via Fernley was redesignated as alternate route. This would be the second highway to bear this designation, as another U.S. Route 95 Alternate had been created between Schurz and Fernley years earlier.[10] The two separate alternate routes would continue to meet in Fernley until circa 1978, when U.S. Route 50 Alternate replaced the section of US 95 Alternate (original US 95) heading east towards Fallon.[11]

View from US 95 near Tonopah, Nevada

Improvements in Las Vegas[edit]

When US 95 was extended through the Las Vegas Valley around 1940, it used the existing roadways traversed by State Route 5. Crossing the valley from the southeast, the U.S. highway traveled along Boulder Highway (now SR 582) through Henderson and the town of Whitney. Reaching the city limits of Las Vegas, the road changed names to Fremont Street as it headed into downtown. The route followed Las Vegas Boulevard northward briefly before going west on Bonanza Road (now SR 579). US 95 finally turned northwest on Rancho Drive (now SR 599), which became the Tonopah Highway as it traveled northwest out of the Vegas valley.[1][12] Over the years, this routing of US 95 along city streets would slowly be replaced with newer, high-speed facilities.

U.S. Route 95 in Beatty, Nevada

Las Vegas Expressway[edit]

Elected in 1959, Las Vegas mayor Oran Gragson began advocating for regional street and planning initiatives in the growing Las Vegas Valley.[13] In the early 1960s, Gragson had become instrumentally involved in planning what was then referred to as the "West Fremont Expressway".[14] By 1968, the expressway was beginning to take shape, beginning at Las Vegas Boulevard downtown, interchanging with Interstate 15 and spurring west towards Rancho Drive.[15]

Northbound U.S. Route 95 between Beatty and Scotty's Junction.

The Las Vegas Expressway was slowly constructed over the next decade, reaching west to Rainbow Boulevard by 1978.[16] A northward extension, linking the expressway to the Tonopah Highway northwest of downtown was completed around 1980.[17] By 1982, US 95 was moved from Rancho Drive to the completed expressway alignment.[18] Also in 1982, as the result of a petition drive, the new US 95 expressway was renamed to the "Oran K. Gragson Expressway" in honor of the four-term mayor.[13] The Nevada Department of Transportation now recognizes this portion of US 95 as the "Oran K. Gragson Freeway".[19]

View south along U.S. Route 95 approaching I-15, I-515 and US 93 in Las Vegas

Henderson spur[edit]

The first section of the future I-515 freeway in Las Vegas opened from the east end of the 1968-era Las Vegas Expressway at Las Vegas Boulevard to Charleston Boulevard in 1984. It was extended south to Boulder Highway (at current exit 70) by 1986. US 95 was moved from Las Vegas Boulevard, Fremont Street, and Boulder Highway onto the new freeway at that time. As additional sections of freeway were completed, both US 95 and the concurrently routed US 93 were moved to the new facility. The I-515 designation was added in 1990, but not widely signed until the completion of the entire freeway to just north of Railroad Pass in 1994. The former alignment on Fremont Street and Boulder Highway is now SR 582, though some portions of that route are now being decommissioned by the state and turned over to local entities for maintenance.

In May 2006, a new system (freeway-to-freeway) interchange was completed to replace the former diamond junction at Lake Mead Parkway/SR 564 (formerly known as Lake Mead Drive) and the new I-215/Bruce Woodbury Beltway. A brand new interchange at Galleria Drive (exit 64B) was opened on November 4, 2009, resulting in the renumbering of the existing junction at Sunset Road (from exit 64 to exit 64A).

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.

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
  0 0 US 95 south Continuation into California
  1 2 SR 163 – Laughlin, Davis Dam
Searchlight 20 32 SR 164 – Nipton
  46 74 SR 165 – Nelson
Boulder City 56 90 US 93 south – Boulder City, Hoover Dam Interchange; south end of US 93 overlap
Las Vegas
South end of freeway; US 95 overlaps with US 93 & I-515 (exits 56 to 76)
Las Vegas 76 I‑15 / US 93 north – Los Angeles, Salt Lake City North end of I-515/US 93 overlap; signed as exits 76A (south) and 76B (north) northbound & exits 76A (north) & 76B (south) southbound; I-15 exit 42
76C Martin Luther King Boulevard Southbound exit is part of exit 76B
US 95 Bus. (Rancho Drive/SR 599)
78 Valley View Boulevard Southbound exit is part of exit 79
79 Decatur Boulevard
80 Jones Boulevard (SR 596)
81 Summerlin Parkway, Rainbow Boulevard (SR 595) Signed as exits 81A (Summerlin Parkway) and exit 81B (Rainbow Boulevard) northbound
82 Lake Mead Boulevard Signed as exits 82A (east) and 82B (west/Rainbow Boulevard) northbound
83 Cheyenne Avenue (SR 574)
85 Craig Road (SR 573)
US 95 Bus. south (Rancho Drive, SR 599 south)
90B Ann Road
91 Centennial Center Boulevard Southbound exit and entrance
91 CC 215 No exit southbound; Exit serves Buffalo Drive, Centennial Parkway and Sky Pointe Drive
93 Durango Drive
95 Skye Canyon Park Drive
North end of freeway
92.36 148.64 SR 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) – Mount Charleston
  99 Snow Mountain Interchange; serves Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation
  106.00 170.59 SR 156 (Lee Canyon Road)
  6 10 Mercury Interchange
  14 23 SR 160 – Pahrump
Amargosa Valley 30 48 SR 373 – Death Valley Junction
Beatty 60 97 SR 374 – Rhyolite, Death Valley
  95 153 SR 267 – Scotty's Castle
  4 6 SR 266 – Lida
Tonopah 152.63 245.63 US 6 east – Ely, Austin South end of US 6 overlap
  25 40 SR 265 – Silver Peak
Coaldale 85.40 137.44 US 6 west – Bishop North end of US 6 overlap
  7 11 SR 360 – Bishop
Luning 25.55 41.12 SR 361 – Gabbs
Hawthorne 49.00 78.86
US 95 Truck (Freedom Road)
Hazardous cargo route around Hawthorne
50 80 SR 359 (E Street) – Lee Vining, Bridgeport
50 80
US 95 Truck (Freedom Road)
Schurz 83.16 133.83
US 95 Alt. – Yerington, Carson City
  17 27 Pasture Road (SR 120)
  21 34 Lone Tree Road (SR 718)
  21 34 Berney Road (SR 119)
  22 35 Union Lane (SR 720 – Naval Air Station Fallon
Fallon 25.07 40.35 SR 117 (Sheckler Road)
26 42 US 50 west – Carson City, Fernley, Reno South end of US 50 overlap
US 50 east – Austin, Ely North end of US 50 overlap
  Old River Road (SR 726)
  59.02 94.98
I‑80 west / US 95 Alt. south – Fernley, Reno
Interchange; South end of I-80 overlap
    US 95 overlaps I-80 (exits 83 to 176)
Winnemucca I‑80 east – Battle Mountain, Elko Interchange; North end of I-80 overlap
Hanson Street (SR 787)
SR 289 (East Winnemucca Boulevard)
SR 795 (Reinhart Lane)
Paradise Hill SR 290 – Paradise Valley
  SR 140 – Denio, Lakeview
Orovada SR 293 – Kings River Valley
  US 95 north Continuation into Oregon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2013). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Planning Network GIS data version 2005.08
  3. ^ Google Maps street maps and USGS topographic maps, accessed December 2007 via ACME Mapper
  4. ^ Droz, Robert V. (28 Feb 2005). "US Highways in 1927". U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830). Retrieved 19 Feb 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "U.S. 95 and Idaho's North and South Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. 17 Oct 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Droz, Robert V. (15 July 2009). "North–South U.S. Highways from US 1 to US 101". U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830). Retrieved 20 Feb 2010. 
  7. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map) (1939 ed.). Nevada Department of Highways. Retrieved 19 Feb 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map) (1940 ed.). Nevada Department of Highways. Retrieved 19 Feb 2010. 
  9. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1959 ed.). Nevada Department of Highways. § D2. Retrieved 21 Feb 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1960 ed.). Nevada Department of Highways. § D2. Retrieved 21 Feb 2010. 
  11. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978. § C1-C2. Retrieved 21 Feb 2010. 
  12. ^ General Highway Map – Clark County, Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1952. Retrieved 24 March 2010.  ("Clark County 1952 004" ZIP file contains map image.)
  13. ^ a b "Gragson, Las Vegas’ longest-serving mayor, dies". Las Vegas Sun (Greenspun Media Group). 8 October 2002. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Evans, K.J. "Oran K. Gragson: Mayor Who Made His Mark". Las Vegas Review Journal – The First 100. Stephens Press. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  15. ^ General Highway Map – Las Vegas Quadrangle, Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1968. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  16. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978. Las Vegas Region inset. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  17. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1980-81 ed.). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1980. Las Vegas Region inset. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1982. Las Vegas Region inset. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  19. ^ Named Highways of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

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