Nevada dignitaries to host ceremonially ribbon-cutting for USA Parkway extension

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Officials with the Nevada Department of Transportation will be celebrating the opening of USA Parkway extension with a ribbon-cutting on Aug. 28.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Governor Sandoval and local government officials will make remarks before Tesla vehicles drive through the banner ceremonially signifying ribbon-cutting of the road extension project. The public is invited to attend, but parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will take place on the Lyon-Storey county line.

The opening of USA Parkway will transform the region’s transportation capabilities. Now the millions of goods made in or distributed from Nevada will be able to move more swiftly and with greater ease,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “We prioritized this project to reduce truck and traffic congestion in Reno and, most importantly, to help more Nevadans safely access good-paying, stable jobs. This project marks an important milestone in the diversification of our economy and I look forward to celebrating its opening with the individuals who worked tirelessly to ensure its completion three months early and on budget.

The $75.9 million project by design-build contractor Ames Construction to extend the parkway began in June 2016. Since that time, more than 12 miles of new four-lane state highway has been constructed, including major earthwork to create a pathway for the future road:

When open to traffic in early September, the NDOT project will extend the existing 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 road is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.

The extension is scheduled to open to all traffic on Sept. 8, 2017.

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