RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) -- A Nevada Department of Transportation study says the fatality rate on Highway 50 from Silver Springs to Carson City is higher than the average Nevada road. Impaired and wrong-way drivers contributed to 20 reported deaths and 649 crashes on U.S. 50 from 2008 to 2013.
An NDOT repaving project next summer will improve highway safety by re-painting road lines, adding concrete median barriers and extending turning lanes. Officials say Highway 50 safety funding is a top priority.
"On a state-wide level, we take that and really put it at our priority levels and one of those, of course, is U-S 50," said Meg Ragonese, NDOT's Public Information Officer. "This is why we and local law enforcement agencies and other partners are really focusing on safety there, using those funds that are available."
NDOT estimates 19,000 to 25,000 vehicles travel Highway 50 every day.