City Mulls Interstate-11 Connection

Interstate 11 Sign. Photo: RTC Southern Nevada.

The City of Reno is scheduled to weigh in at Wednesday’s City Council meeting about the Interstate 11 project, which is connecting Mexico to Canada through Nevada.

Going through Las Vegas, the end route through Northern Nevada is up in the air, but the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is considering four options to connect the interstate to Interstate 80: from the Walker Lake area to Reno, from Fallon to I-80 through east and west connections, or from Tonopah direct to I-80 through Salt Wells.

At least one other Nevada county is eyeing the possible routes as an economic boon.

Interstate-11 Corridor

“It is imperative to connect our two major urban areas in Nevada from an economic development perspective,” said Humboldt County Manager Dave Mendiola. “We feel it is also imperative that we connect southern Idaho (Boise Valley and the greater Treasure Valley) to northern Nevada. The southern Idaho regional economy has been one of the fastest growing in the nation over the past five years.”

But Reno may also want the route.

“This issue is being presented and discussed with Council in advance of NDOT’s March 28 public meeting in the event Council wants to take a position on the alternate routes at this time and if it would like staff to place those comments on the record at the NDOT public hearings,” according to city staff.

NDOT is holding a public meeting in Reno March 28, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Resort. Details:

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Planning on the project is continuing through 2018.

“The City of Winnemucca and Humboldt County…have been working diligently to prepare the region for this scenario, and we have plans in place to accommodate the growth and needs of the transportation industry, should the route through Winnemucca be chosen,” added Winnemucca Mayor Di An Putnam.


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1 Comment

  1. Reno is an insignificant market, in terms of production and population, in the Western US. Especially compared to Salt Lake City and Southern Idaho. Reno’s economy is heavily based on speculative industries, such as TESLA electric cars. Last year TESLA did not meet its production quota. Nevada’s economy as a whole is also based on speculation, such as building homes for Californians, especially retirement communities, along with gaming, and solar panels. I feel that the money based on I-11 would be better spent improving the dangerous 15 into Vegas, and, also a 4 lane state highway between Vegas and Reno, that would stop in Reno. Overall, this is a much more conservative approach, especially considering the national debt, and, that there already are major interstates between Vegas, Salt Lake, and Southern Idaho. Building freeways, in and of itself, does not necessarily bring in more high tech, although it can help. For example, how much high tech exists over 650 miles of I-40 between Barstow, CA and Albuquerque? None, except W.L.Gore and Associates in Flagstaff, and, there isn’t any additional high tech until you get to Albuquerque. The route primarily serves for truckers from the Port of LA, bringing foreign imports. Until Reno reaches production levels consistent with large metropolitan areas, then it would be much more economical to build a safer, four lane highway – meeting state of NV standards – rather than expensive federal interstate standards – between Vegas and Reno.

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