Ask Joe: What is the large hole at Spooner Junction?

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Updated: 6/17 6:44 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, an unusual-looking construction project has caught the attention of one of our viewers.
Rick McChesney wrote in to ask what in the world are they building in Carson City at the base of Highways 395 and 50? He said it is a huge hole in the ground, which looks like a football stadium. Rick is wondering if it could be a future lake?

Answer:
Joe called Meg Ragonese at the Nevada Department of Transportation about it. What you are seeing is a giant retention basin that is being built as part of the Carson City freeway bypass project.
It is designed to hold more than 38 million gallons of water, in the event of a heavy rain or flood. Water that spills into the retention basin will eventually make its way into the Carson River.
The basin is located where Highways 395 and 50 come together at Spooner Junction. Right now, NDOT is working on an overpass at Snyder Avenue and a lot of drainage work including that retention basin.
Unfortunately, we could not get a picture of it Tuesday, but we will follow up when we get one.
The work on this phase of construction should be complete in July. The next phase will be paving from Fairview Drive down to the Spooner Junction in South Carson. That will complete the project and should be finished in 2017.
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Speed - 6/18/2014 11:48 AM
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Maybe if it fills up they could pipe it down to Vegas;they're so desperate for water they're trying to steal the ground water from Northeastern Nevada. On a slightly different topic,the Gov't is closing Social Security Offices for budget reasons,even though the NEED for them has increased. Instead,why not quit paying wages to Congress and Senate members until they learn how to CONSERVE THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. We can EASILY do without THEM for a while.
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