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Silver Springs Traffic To Shift To New USA Parkway Roundabout

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Traffic on U.S. 50 in Silver Springs will slightly shift on Tuesday afternoon to use a new roundabout connecting the future USA Parkway extension to U.S. 50.

Previously, traffic traveled a detour around the under-construction roundabout on U.S. 50 near Opal Avenue in the Silver Springs area.

Tuesday, July 18, drivers can expect lane shifts as traffic begins using the new roundabout. Initially, one travel lane will be available in each direction through the roundabout. Once fully constructed, the roundabout will be two lanes in each direction and will connect U.S. 50 to the future USA Parkway.

 For public safety and the safety of construction workers, travel is not allowed on the new USA Parkway extension as paving and other construction continues.

When the roundabout is complete,  U.S. 50 speed limits through the roundabout will permanently be lowered as low as 25 mph. Because traffic enters and exits through right turns only, severe crashes are less frequent in roundabouts than in many four-way intersections. Traffic roundabouts can also decrease travel delays, congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution, while still allowing room for large trucks to travel through.

The project will extend the 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 project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80. The project is scheduled to complete in fall 2017, opening the new USA Parkway extension to traffic.

Project information is available at www.usaparkway.com or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

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