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Interstate 580 solo-vehicle crash claims life

WASHOE COUNTY — Monday afternoon at 2:34 p.m., Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to a single-vehicle car crash that occurred on Interstate 580 southbound approximately two miles north of Bowers Mansion in Washoe County. The crash investigation details learned so far indicate for unknown reasons a 2007 Silver KIA Rio driven by Dorothy S. Hunter,95, of Gardnerville. NV, left the roadway and struck the concrete wall on the left shoulder and bounced off and went across all southbound travel lanes and struck the concrete wall on the right with its front. The vehicle came to rest in two left lanes of southbound I580.Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing her seatbelt. Speed, alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors in the incident. No other vehicles were believed to be involved. There are three lanes in both the north and south travel lanes. The speed limit in this area is posted as 70 mph. Trooper Douglas Hildebrand of the Nevada Highway Patrol's Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating. Witnesses or anyone else with more information can call (775) 689-4623 or dhildebrand@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-140701242.

Nevada Highway Patrol offers holiday season traffic and travel tips

RENO, Nev. – With the end-of-the-year holiday season upon us along with heavy traffic anticipated on the roadways and highways this four-day weekend, the Nevada Highway Patrol would like to share the following travel and traffic-related safety tips for motorists: If you are making a journey when inclement weather is anticipated, especially over any of the mountain passes, be sure to check the most highways conditions by dialing 511 or by clicking on http://www.nevadadot.com Always wear a seat belt and be certain all vehicle occupants are properly restrained Children under 6 years of age and weighing under 60 pounds must be in an approved car seat It is prohibited to talk on a cell phone unless a driver is using hands-free technology; this includes reading non-voice communication. We are seeing more motorists violating this law by reading e-mails and texting messages while stopped or stalled in traffic or at a traffic signal. Beginning this Friday and through the end of the year, expect more motorists on the roadways as they make their holiday purchases In the Reno area, traffic on southbound US 395 (IR-580) near the Kietzke Lane-South Virginia interchange can back up to the Moana Lane interchange-motorists should pay extra attention to slow moving or stalled traffic in this area Plan to slow and stop safely at intersections when a traffic signal light cycles to yellow; we see more red light violations this time of year as motorists hurriedly rush to their next destination. A citation for running a red light in the Reno-Sparks area can cost over $200 dollars along with 4 demerit points assessed on one’s driver’s license if convicted. Be certain the entire intersection is clear before traveling through on a green light. It is also against the law to block an intersection and this practice is seen more frequently during the busy holiday shopping period. – Chuck Allen is the Public Information Officer for the Nevada Highway Patrol. He can be reached at callen@dps.state.nv.us.

I-580 nears completion; another slide stalls U.S. 50 repair near Kyburz

As summer construction heats up around the lake, projects on major roadways bringing vehicles in and out of the Tahoe Basin are progressing as well. The Carson City Freeway (Interstate 580) project is now 85 percent complete, according to Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) spokeswoman Meg Ragonese. The first phase of the project began back in 2013 and included the widening of U.S. 395 in the northbound direction for an additional truck-climbing lane. After connecting I-580 into U.S. 395 near Bonanza Road in north Carson, the freeway continued on a new alignment to its intersection with U.S. 50 East. This was completed in 2014. Phase two of the I-580 project, which is currently underway, includes the addition of the remaining 4.9 miles of four-lane freeway from U.S. 50 East to the southern connection of U.S. 50 West at Spooner Junction. Ragonese said the final leg of the project is expected to wrap up in early August. At present, U.S. 50 is reduced to one lane in each direction as it nears Carson Street. "We will do the final paving and striping on that section of U.S. 50 and reopen the lanes when the new freeway is done," said Ragonese. When the freeway opens, there will be a traffic signal at the intersection of I-580, U.S. 50 West and Carson Street, but in future years there are plans in place for an overpass. "If funding becomes available, we would build that bridge taking I-580 traffic over South Carson Street and traveling up U.S. 50 to Lake Tahoe," explained Ragonese. But for now, the completion of I-580 is expected to take five to 10 minutes off the drive through Carson City, said Ragonese, as well as reduce traffic congestion in the capital. "It's going to really help improve safety and mobility throughout the region," she added. ANOTHER SLIDE ON U.S. 50 Work has been delayed on two California sections of U.S. 50 coming into the basin that were damaged from mudslides during the winter months. A strip of the highway between White Hall and Kyburz was being repaired from slip outs and landslides over the winter when another landslide hit the area on Thursday, dumping 50 truckloads of new debris onto the westbound lane. One-lane traffic control with flaggers directing motorist through was in place during the day, but with the new slide, work will now be going on around the clock, according to Steve Nelson, Caltrans District 3 spokesman. "At least for the next couple of days," said Nelson, on Thursday, June 8. Farther east on U.S. 50, crews are working to stabilize a slope that caused the westbound lane near Bridal Veil Falls to collapse into a canyon in February. "We're building a 600-foot retaining wall," said Nelson. "We'd initially hoped to have it done before the big summer increase in traffic, but there were some difficulties drilling through the granite and getting down into the earth layer there." Caltrans hopes to have the work completed in August. Currently traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction near the construction site.

Reno man injured in Wednesday morning Lakeview collision

CARSON CITY – A Reno man was injured Wednesday morning when his vehicle collided with a dump truck near Lakeview Hill. Lyndale McDaniel, 49, was southbound on Highway 395 just south of Lakeview Hill when he struck a Nevada Department of Transportation dump truck following a street sweeper at 9:45 a.m. According to Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Blair Harkleroad, the dump truck was directing traffic from the left lane into the right lane when McDaniel came upon the slow-moving vehicle, steered his Hyundai sedan to the right in an attempt to change lanes and struck the right side bumper of the truck. McDaniel’s vehicle then struck the right jersey wall, crossed back across the lanes and struck the street sweeper. His vehicle came to rest blocking both travel lanes. Neither driver of the NDOT vehicles was injured. Harkleroad said McDaniel, who was not wearing a seat belt, received serious head injuries and was flown to Washoe Medical Center from the scene. McDaniel was conscious when paramedics arrived. Traffic was stopped for about 20 minutes while the helicopter landed. Southbound traffic was routed onto the west shoulder around the accident scene for about 90 minutes.

Lane shifts on US 50 for freeway construction at Carson Spooner Junction

Lane shifts will take place on U.S. 50 near Spooner junction in south Carson City beginning Friday, March 31 as the Nevada Department of Transportation reconstructs the intersection to connect to the future Carson City freeway. Both directions of U.S. 50 at the South Carson Street Spooner junction will temporarily be reduced to one lane and shifted slightly to the south. The southbound Carson Street to westbound U.S. 50 sweeping right turn lane will be removed, but motorists will be able to make the turn by stopping at the traffic signal before turning. The temporary traffic configuration is anticipated to be in place through early May. Drivers are reminded to drive safely through the work zone, and heed reduced construction speed limits. When construction is complete, a shorter southbound turn lane from South Carson Street to U.S. 50 toward Lake Tahoe will replace the existing sweeping right turn lane. The new turn lane will enhance safety and visibility for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the lane as part of new pathways being installed. The work is part of the approximate $42 million Carson City Freeway Phase 2B-3 project by contractor Road and Highway Builders to pave and open the last approximately four miles of the freeway between Fairview Drive and the Spooner/U.S. 50 junction in south Carson City. Thus far, approximately 1 million cubic yards of earth have been moved and more than 75,000 tons of asphalt paving placed for the future freeway. The project is expected to be completed, opening the final segment of freeway to traffic, in late summer 2017. With funding from federal transportation funds, the state highway fund and Carson City,the project is aimed at increasing traffic mobility and safety with an interstate bypass alternative to help remove through-traffic congestion from downtown Carson City. An estimated 43,000 vehicles daily are projected to use the section of freeway by 2035. Further project information is available at http://www.ccfreeway.com or by dialing 775-888-7000.

Lane shifts on US 50 for freeway construction pushed to Sunday

Lane shifts will take place on U.S. 50 near Spooner junction in south Carson City beginning Sunday, April 2, as the Nevada Department of Transportation reconstructs the intersection to connect to the future Carson City freeway. The shift was originally scheduled for Friday, March 31, but weather forced NDOT to reschedule the work. Both directions of U.S. 50 at the South Carson Street Spooner junction will temporarily be reduced to one lane and shifted slightly to the south. The southbound Carson Street to westbound U.S. 50 sweeping right turn lane will be removed, but motorists will be able to make the turn by stopping at the traffic signal before turning. The temporary traffic configuration is anticipated to be in place through early May. Drivers are reminded to drive safely through the work zone, and heed reduced construction speed limits. When construction is complete, a shorter southbound turn lane from South Carson Street to U.S. 50 toward Lake Tahoe will replace the existing sweeping right turn lane. The new turn lane will enhance safety and visibility for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the lane as part of new pathways being installed. The work is part of the approximate $42 million Carson City Freeway Phase 2B-3 project by contractor Road and Highway Builders to pave and open the last approximately four miles of the freeway between Fairview Drive and the Spooner/U.S. 50 junction in south Carson City. Thus far, approximately 1 million cubic yards of earth have been moved and more than 75,000 tons of asphalt paving placed for the future freeway. The project is expected to be completed, opening the final segment of freeway to traffic, in late summer 2017. With funding from federal transportation funds, the state highway fund and Carson City,the project is aimed at increasing traffic mobility and safety with an interstate bypass alternative to help remove through-traffic congestion from downtown Carson City. An estimated 43,000 vehicles daily are projected to use the section of freeway by 2035. Further project information is available at http://www.ccfreeway.com or by dialing 775-888-7000.

Long awaited Carson City Bypass to open Wednesday

The Nevada Department of Transportation is scheduled to open the last leg of the Interstate 580 Carson City Freeway to traffic beginning on Wednesday. Beginning as early as 10 a.m. Wednesday, access from the southern end of the freeway will be open and drivers will be able to travel the southern three miles of freeway which has been under construction since June 2015. As part of a phased opening, the new freeway ramps between Fairview Drive at the northern end of the new Carson City Freeway will open later that afternoon or on Thursday. Motorists are reminded to drive attentively and anticipate minor lane and traffic pattern changes across the area as the new freeway segment opens. Periodic, minor roadside shoulder and lane closures will take place on South Carson Street and the Carson City Freeway for finishing construction. Prior to construction of I-580, Nevada was one of only a few states without an interstate connecting to the capital city. The new segment of freeway marks completion of I-580 linking Reno and Carson City. Since breaking ground in 2000, construction of the approximately nine-mile I-580 Carson City Freeway has been phased to best utilize available funding. Nearly six million cubic yards of earth were moved, 18 million pounds of reinforcing steel installed and more than $200 million in federal, state and local transportation funds dedicated to construct the freeway between Lakeview Hill in north Carson City and the U.S. 50 junction in the southern part of the city. In December 2015, the freeway was officially dedicated as the Carson City Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell Memorial Freeway. Aimed at increasing traffic mobility and safety with an interstate bypass to help remove through-traffic congestion from downtown Carson City, an estimated 43,000 vehicles daily are projected to use the new southern section of freeway by 2035. “Our goal is to help keep Nevada safe and connected,” NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “And the Carson City Freeway not only helps connect our capital city, it will further connect the entire region. The community has supported us throughout construction of the freeway, and it is with pride that we open the last leg of the Carson City Freeway to the Carson City community and the entire state.” “The opening of the last leg of the I-580 freeway is a long-awaited turning point for the Carson City community and one which we have been anticipating and preparing for over several decades,” Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell said. “First conceived in the 1960s, it has now become a reality. In addition to being able to travel from Carson City to the Bay Area with no stop lights, it will allow our community the ability to showcase our city as the capital of the great state of Nevada. We share in the pride expressed by NDOT Director Malfabon and thank NDOT for its perseverance and dedication in completing this much-needed addition to our community, region and state.”

Sand Harbor traffic issue prompts ticket warning

With the start of the school year right around the corner, one last family outing to Sand Harbor might seem like a good idea, and getting an early start might seem like an even better one. But getting to the northern Lake Tahoe attraction before it opens could result in a traffic ticket. The Nevada Highway Patrol reports that vehicles stopping in the travel lane of Highway 28 waiting for Sand Harbor to open early weekend mornings is causing traffic back-ups. “Traffic backs up all the way into Incline Village and causes long delays,” Trooper Dan Gordon said. “Vehicles stop in the roadway and completely block the southbound lane. Many motorists who are not waiting to enter the park and wish to continue south towards Highway 50, become very frustrated.” That’s causing motorists who want to drive through to pull into the opposite lane, posing a possibility of a head-on collision. “These conditions are also causing long unnecessary delays for emergency vehicles and first responders,” Gordon said. He reminded motorists that stopping in the travel lane and crossing the double yellow line to pass other vehicles are both illegal. Sand Harbor’s parking lot doesn’t open until 8 a.m., and motorists are not allowed to sit and wait prior to the parks opening, Gordon said. “Nevada Highway Patrol has received numerous complaints and calls regarding this traffic issue and will be actively patrolling the area during morning hours,” he said. “Motorists that stop to wait for Sand Harbor to open and violate the applicable laws will be issued a citation for impeding traffic.” There is a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes to Sand Harbor for $4. For more information, visit http://tahoetransportation.org

Valley accident kills 1, sends 3 to hospital

MINDEN – A northbound car that witnesses described as going airborne through a median on Highway 395 collided with another car killing the lone occupant in the southbound lane and sending three others to the hospital. The accident happened at about 1:10 p.m., near the Airport Road turnoff and closed both lanes of Highway 395 for at least two hours. Metal debris, pieces of plastic and shattered glass covered about fifty yards of the highway. Two helicopters airlifted two victims to Washoe Medical Center, while a third victim was transported by ambulance to Carson-Tahoe Hospital. All are in critical condition, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Primeaux. A third vehicle was involved with the victim suffering minor injuries. The hood and roof were crushed in on the driver’s side of the dead person’s car, a white Ford Escort, where the victim was dead at the scene. It is not clear whether the northbound car – a white Audi with three female passengers, landed on or drove into the Ford Escort after landing. But it is clear, according to witnesses, that the Audi was airborne. One witness said she saw the car go into the air after it spun 360-degrees on the pavement and then flipping while it was in the air. “The driver lost control northbound on highway 395, went off the road and into the median,” said Addi Birdwell of Las Vegas who saw the accident. “It caught air and did a whole corkscrew.” More than a dozen emergency personnel worked to extract the three women from the two-door car. Two were taken by helicopter and one by ambulance to hospitals. The car also hit another southbound vehicle, a Ford Bronco, driven by Gardnerville resident Chris Buchanan. He suffered minor injuries and was alert at the accident scene and filling out a report. Witness John Torrico of Gardnerville was in a southbound vehicle when the accident occurred. He went to the car to help the women. The female driver was not breathing, but he was reassured by the other two women who were talking. “The driver wasn’t saying anything,” he said. “And then she started breathing.” Lori Edwards of Gardnerville was also in the southbound lane when she saw the accident. Like Birdwell, she didn’t see the Escort land, but she did see the vehicle up in the air. “It was pretty close,” she said. “All of a sudden you saw dirt and stuff flying in the air. My heart just sunk and I thought, ‘Oh no.’ “ Orange cones set up on Highway 395 diverted southbound traffic onto Airport Road. Northbound traffic was backed up but continued at a slow pace. Metal debris, pieces of plastic and shattered glass covered about 50 yards of Highway 395.

Rollover occurs near Zephyr Cove Resort

A 26-year-old woman from Carson City had been drinking alcohol when she rolled a black Chevrolet pickup Saturday afternoon at U.S. Highway 50 and Zephyr Cove Resort, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Nina Rehmann was headed northbound at 1:20 p.m. when she drifted into the southbound lane. She overcorrected her steering and flipped the 1990 pickup onto its side. It came to rest blocking southbound traffic. NHP reported Rehmann’s injuries as moderate. She was treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital the day of the accident. Rehmann was speeding before she crashed, according to NHP. Troopers have not ticketed Rehmann for DUI but they are still investigating the wreck.