Interstate 580 (Nevada)

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Interstate 580 marker

Interstate 580
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length 30.090 mi[1] (48.425 km)
Existed October 27, 1978 – present
History Number approved on October 27, 1978; constructed in phases 1964–2017; signed in 2012
Major junctions
South end
US 50 / US 395 / US 395 Bus. in Carson City
North end I‑80 / US 395 in Reno
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 579SR 582

Interstate 580 (I-580) is an Interstate Highway in northwestern Nevada. It runs concurrently with U.S. Highway 395 (US 395) from I-80 in Reno, to US 50 near the southern boundary of Carson City. Although the freeway has existed in Reno with the I-580 designation since the 1970s, the Interstate was signed only as US 395 until the portion between Reno and Carson City was completed in 2012. While the entire length of the freeway was opened to traffic by August 2017, I-580 is not complete. Plans call for a grade separation at the interchange at the southern terminus, but this interchange has been postponed with no scheduled completion date.

Route description[edit]

I-580 & US 395 route shields near Carson City

I-580 is still under development. The freeway exists today from I-80 near downtown Reno south to U.S. Route 50 in Carson City. The only portion remaining to be constructed is the interchange at the freeway's southern terminus.

The freeway begins at the junction of U.S. Route 395 with the Lake Tahoe leg of U.S. Route 50 and follows the eastern edge of Eagle Valley, where most of the population of Carson City lives. The highway loosely follows the former alignments of Edmonds Drive and Lompa Lane along the eastern half of the city, which were relocated or truncated to make room for the freeway.

After rejoining the original alignment of US 395 near the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, the highway crests Lakeview Hill to enter the Washoe Valley. The portion of I-580/US 395 and US 395 Alternate through Washoe Valley are prone to high crosswinds and, as such, the highways are frequently closed to high-profile vehicles. During prohibited times, trucks are rerouted to Eastlake Boulevard and U.S. Route 395 Alternate, which is the old route of US 395. The high wind area ends near the Bowers Mansion interchange near the northern end of the Washoe Valley.

Unlike the old US 395 which ran along the valley floor of Pleasant Valley, I-580 is routed in the mountains overlooking the valley. While traversing Pleasant Valley, the highway crosses the Galena Creek Bridge, the largest cathedral arch bridge in the world. Upon the descent from these mountains the highway cuts through the center of one of the largest geothermal power plants in the United States, Ormat Industries' Nevada Power station, just before entering Reno.

View north at the north end of I-580

At the extreme southern edge of Reno, the highway has a junction with the Mount Rose Highway (SR 431) and Geiger Grade (SR 341), which connect the freeway with North Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, respectively. Upon entering Reno, the freeway proceeds in a generally northern direction, crossing Virginia Street, the old routing of US 395, several times. Along the way the freeway passes to the side of The Summit mall, Meadowood Mall and Reno–Tahoe International Airport. The I-580 designation ends at the Reno Spaghetti Bowl where the highway crosses I-80; however, the freeway continues on only as US 395, heading towards the north valley neighborhoods of Sun Valley, Lemon Valley and Stead before eventually crossing the California state line.

Named sections[edit]

The freeway has two memorial designations, within the Reno city limits the freeway is designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. freeway. Within the Carson City limits the freeway is designated the Carson City Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell Memorial Freeway in honor of a sheriff's officer who was shot to death while attempting to rescue a victim of domestic violence from her house.[2][3]


Old US 395 running through Pleasant Valley, as seen from Geiger Grade (SR 341), with the I-580 extension under construction in the mountains above

Development of the I-580/US 395 freeway has been in planning since 1956, but significant construction did not occur until over a decade later. Below is a timeline of the opening dates of the current freeway segments that are or will be part of I-580.[4]

  • 1964–1970: Winters Ranch area (junction Carson–Reno Highway / US 395 and Old Highway 395 / SR 429) south to Washoe Valley—Washoe CountyCarson City line
  • 1973: Reno—Panther Valley (Exit 72) south to East 2nd Street / Glendale Avenue (Exit 67)
  • 1978: Reno—East Second Street / Glendale Avenue (Exit 67) south to Mill Street (Exit 66)
  • 1979: Reno—Mill Street (Exit 66) south to Plumb Lane / Villanova Drive (Exit 65)
  • 1981: Reno—Plumb Lane / Villanova Drive (Exit 65) south to South Virginia Street (at the Exit 63 half-interchange)
  • 1986: Reno—South Virginia Street (Exit 63) to Del Monte Lane, now Neil Road (Exit 62)
  • 1989: Reno—Del Monte Lane, now Neil Road (Exit 62) south to South Virginia Street (at Exit 61)
  • 1996: Reno—South Virginia Street (Exit 61) south to SR 431 / Mount Rose Highway (Exit 56)
  • 2006: Carson City—Washoe County—Carson City line: North Carson Street (Exit 43) south to US 50 east / East William Street (Exit 39)
  • 2009: Carson City—US 50 east / East William Street (Exit 39) south to Fairview Drive (Exit 38)
  • 2012: Steamboat Hills—Winters Ranch area: SR 431 / Mount Rose Highway (Exit 56) south to US 395 Alt. / Bowers Mansion Road (Exit 50)
  • 2017: Carson City—Fairview Drive (Exit 38) south to South Carson Street (Exit 35)

The I-580 designation was first approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on October 27, 1978; at the time, this route extended from I-80 to US 395 (South Virginia Street, at the current exit 63).[5][6] AASHTO approved the remainder of planned I-580, to the future southern terminus at US 395 south of Carson City, at its December 7, 1984, meeting.[7] Despite the route number being approved and being shown on some maps in the 1980s, I-580 was not signed along the Interstate until the freeway gap between Mount Rose Highway and Bowers Mansion Road was completed in 2012.

The segment completed in 2012 connected Carson City to the Interstate Highway system, leaving four state capitals not served by the Interstate Highway System: Dover, Delaware, Juneau, Alaska, Pierre, South Dakota and Jefferson City, Missouri.[8]

On August 2, 2017, the final segment of the freeway connecting Fairview Drive and US 50/395 opened to traffic.[9]

Exit list[edit]

For other exits on US 395, see U.S. Route 395 in Nevada.

City of Carson City
US 50 west / US 395 south / US 395 Bus. north (S. Carson Street) – South Lake Tahoe, Minden, Gardnerville
Southern end of US 50/US 395 concurrency; southern terminus of I-580; at-grade intersection
38Fairview Drive
39 US 50 east (E. William Street) – Dayton, FallonNorthern end of US 50 concurrency
41College ParkwayServes Carson Airport and Western Nevada College
42Arrowhead DriveNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; serves Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
US 395 Bus. south (N. Carson Street)
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; serves Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
Washoe Valley44Eastlake Boulevard (to US 395 Alt.)Serves Washoe Lake State Park
46Bellevue Road
Washoe City50Old US 395 (US 395 Alt., Bowers Mansion Road, Carson–Reno Highway) – Washoe CityServes Bowers Mansion
Pleasant ValleyGalena Creek Bridge
Reno56 SR 431 (Mount Rose Highway) – North Lake TahoeAlso serves SR 341 (Geiger Grade) to Virginia City
57BS. Virginia Street south (US 395 Alt. south) – Virginia City, Washoe CitySouthbound exit and northbound entrance
57AS. Virginia Street north (US 395 Alt. north / US 395 Bus. north)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
59Damonte Ranch Parkway
60South Meadows Parkway (SR 426 west)
61S. Virginia Street (US 395 Alt. / US 395 Bus.)
62Neil Road, Meadowood Mall Way
63S. Virginia Street (US 395 Bus.), Kietzke LaneSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
64Moana LaneServes Reno-Sparks Convention Center
65 Plumb Lane (SR 653), Villanova Drive, Reno-Tahoe International AirportSigned as exits 65A (Villanova Drive, Plumb Lane) and 65B (airport) southbound
66Mill StreetServes Renown Regional Medical Center
67E. Second Street, Glendale Avenue (SR 648)
68 I‑80 – Sparks, Elko, Reno, Sacramento
US 395 north – Susanville
Northern end of US 395 concurrency; northern terminus of I-580; signed as exits 68A (east) and 68B (west) northbound; I-80 exit 15; freeway continues as US 395
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Exits are numbered using cumulative mileage along US 395 from the California–Nevada border near Topaz Lake.


  1. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2017). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Munson, Jeff (December 8, 2015). "Stretch of Carson City Freeway Officially Named in Honor of Deputy Carl Howell". Carson Now. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Munson, Jeff (August 16, 2015). "Carson City Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty Identified". Carson Now. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (October 28, 1978). "Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved November 7, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  6. ^ "A drive on 395 is a drive on 580". Reno Gazette-Journal. December 13, 1978. p. 27. Retrieved June 24, 2018 – via  Free to read
  7. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (December 7, 1984). "Route Numbering Committee Agenda" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved November 7, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  8. ^ Rocha, Guy (February 28, 2006). "Carson City's freeway: a long time coming". Nevada Appeal. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  9. ^ Deach, Ben (August 2, 2017). "Freeway Extension to Save Drivers Time in Carson City". Reno, NV: KOLO-TV. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 

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