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A wildlife overpass on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana
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This time of year the number of vehicle collisions with deer and other wildlife are at their highest, a problem that’s especially acute in parts of the Mountain West.

On Tuesday, officials in Nevada held a summit to discuss how the state can address an issue that each year results in more than 500 reported crashes, costs taxpayers more than $19 million, and kills an estimated 5,000 wild animals, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

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Community members around Reno and Sparks gathered last week for a Nevada Department of Transportation meeting to learn more about the fate of their homes in light of the Spaghetti Bowl revamp project. That's where Interstate 80 meets with U.S. Highway 395 in Reno, where hundreds of car accidents occur every year. 

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Wednesday night hundreds gathered to find out more about the Nevada Department of Transportation’s three proposed courses of action on revamping the Spaghetti Bowl. That’s where I-80 meets US 395 in Reno, a point of many traffic and safety concerns.

The preferred plan that NDOT would like to go forward with includes a closure of an exit ramp that many deem crucial to the operation of the Reno-Tahoe International airport.

Bree Zender

Drivers traveling through Northern Nevada have long complained about Reno’s Spaghetti Bowl, the point where Interstate 80 meets with US Highway 395. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is proposing several different fixes to alleviate traffic and improve safety. NDOT will be approving a plan in a couple of months after a public comment period, which is happening now. Here to talk more about this is KUNR’s Bree Zender.

Nearly $9 million in federal money to improve non-motorized travel is available to communities throughout Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more on the Transportation Alternatives Program.

The federal funds will be dispersed by the Nevada Department of Transportation, or NDOT. Joseph Spencer is with the agency.

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In Nevada, pedestrian deaths have now outpaced deaths from breast cancer and the flu. Preliminary reports show that 19 people died on Nevada roads in just January and February. That's a 46 percent increase over the same timeframe last year. 

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Nevada bridges were recently ranked best in the nation for the second year in a row. That’s according to a new report from the American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, there’s a lot that goes into getting and keeping that ranking.

Bad roads in Reno can cost drivers more than $700 a year in extra car repairs. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explains a new report finds there are not enough federal funds to fix our roadways.

Almost half of the roads around Reno are in poor condition.  That’s according to a study using data collected in 2013 by the Federal Highway Administration.