Major Roadway Projects Announced for US 395 in South County


Three significant roadway projects are set to transform US 395 in South County. These projects are a result of the efforts by the US 395 Coalition, a bi-state joint task force that includes the Lassen County Transportation Commission (LCTC), Caltrans, Nevada’s Department of Transportation, various stakeholders, and government officials. Caltrans has recognized US 395 as a major freight transportation corridor, prioritizing these updates.

According to LCTC Executive Secretary John Clerici, a freight mobility study has shown that traffic on the highway has steadily increased over the past five years due to the growth of industry in the Reno area. This trend is only expected to continue. However, the increase in traffic has also led to a rise in collisions between trucks and cars, the worst resulting in fatalities. Per the study, US 395 collisions are 28% higher than the state average.

To address these staggering statistics, One of the upcoming projects, the Red Rock Safety Project, will be the largest safety project in the state, with an estimated cost of $50 million. Clerici described the project as a “huge investment” in the highway. Improvements include widening the roadway by 12 ft to add a median in some locations, installing a K-rail through the middle of the highway, improving clear recovery zone or constructing guardrails, widening two bridge structures as they create ‘pinch’ points, and strategically placing 10 truck turnouts 1000 feet in length.

Clerici mentioned that extended turnouts are being prepared, with the possibility of converting them into passing lanes. However, Caltrans remains cautious about committing to this.

Additionally, the $20 million Red Rock pavement project, part of the Capital Preventive Maintenance (CAPM) program, is scheduled to begin in 2027. This project will cover 31 miles from Red Rock through Doyle, including installing culverts, guardrails, and new signage. The larger safety project will follow the recently announced wildlife crossing project, which aims to reduce animal-vehicle collisions. Clerici noted that the wildlife crossing is in final data collection, collaborating with biologists and animal advocate groups, with sourcing funding ahead when ready for construction.

These projects represent a significant investment in the safety and infrastructure of US 395.