TRAFFIC SAFETY: NDOT installs enhanced driver information systems on U.S. 395 in North Valleys

Ramp meters, wrong-way driver detection systems, travel-time signs and traffic cameras are among the installations on U.S. 395

April 12, 2017
NDOT installs enhanced driver information systems on U.S. 395 in North Valleys
NDOT installs enhanced driver information systems on U.S. 395 in North Valleys

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has launched a project to install enhanced roadway signage, ramp meters, wrong-way driver detection systems and more to help improve traffic safety and mobility on U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.

Beginning Monday, April 10 through early 2018, periodic lane, ramp and roadway shoulder closures will take place on U.S. 395 from the Spaghetti Bowl north to the Nevada-California state line as improvements are made to help keep drivers safer and more informed of road conditions.

Ramp meters will be installed on U.S. 395 ramps at Oddie Boulevard, North McCarran Boulevard, Clear Acre Lane and Lemmon Drive. Ramp meters are traffic signals placed at the top of certain freeway on-ramps to help reduce congestion and enhance safety by more evenly metering the flow of traffic merging onto freeways.

NDOT currently places “Wrong Way” signs on all freeway ramps to notify drivers errantly trying to enter the freeway in the wrong direction. Additional flashing warning signals and detection systems will be added to U.S. 395 on-ramps in the North Valleys as a highly visible and additional indication to help stop drivers from entering the wrong way.

Roadside travel-time signs provide current travel times for drivers to reach key locations such as off-ramps. By knowing the travel time, drivers can make informed decisions, such as if they wish to take another route to most efficiently reach their destination.

By providing nearly up-to-the-second views of travel conditions, traffic cameras help drivers to make travel decisions, such as which route they will take and what time they will leave, before departing for their destination. They also help drivers be prepared for any potential weather conditions prior to driving.

Through the next five years, NDOT also plans to enhance and extend the Clear Acre Lane to southbound U.S. 395 ramp, as well as repave U.S. 395 between McCarran Boulevard and Lemmon Drive and add one additional southbound lane on U.S. 395. In addition, NDOT is developing intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements for I-80, including digital signs that will display variable speed limits associated with real-time traffic conditions.