NDOT opens USA Parkway extension today
The long-awaited opening of the USA Parkway extension is finally here.
On Sept. 8, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced the roadway is opening public use. Motorists are reminded to drive attentively and anticipate minor lane and traffic pattern changes across the area. Periodic, minor roadside shoulder and lane closures will take place on the Parkway for finishing construction.
The new roadway extends the previous six-mile-long USA Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 at Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. Known as State Route 439, the new roadway will further link the greater Reno/Sparks area with the U.S. 50 corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuter, freight and other traffic. The road will also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures. The parkway is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38 percent for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.
The $75.9 million project by design-build contractor Ames Construction to extend the parkway began in June 2016. Originally scheduled to complete in December of 2017, the project wrapped up three months ahead of original design schedules.
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