Sparks, NV: Planning a New 4-Lane Highway

Posted by Infra on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Currently, the USA Parkway is a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting from Interstate 80 into the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks. A proposed NDOT project will extend the Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 near Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. The new roadway would further link the greater Reno/Sparks and Fernley/Fallon areas with the U.S. 50 Silver Springs corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuter, freight and other traffic. The route would also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures. Construction includes previously-planned widening of two and a half miles of U.S. 50 between the USA Parkway and U.S. 95A, including construction of a roundabout at the junction of U.S. 50 and U.S. 95A. Cost-benefit analysis shows a high benefit to cost ratio, meaning project benefits such as increased mobility, traffic safety and traveler time savings greatly outweigh project costs. The project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80. Project info: www.usaparkway.com

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