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USA Parkway Extension Nears Completion

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Crews started construction on the USA Parkway Extension Project 14 months ago. Since then, they have paved 12 miles of roadway that connects the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center to Silver Springs.

"We excavated two million cubic yards of earth and paved the equivalent of about 88 football fields of new asphalt," Meg Ragonese, Public Information Officer for the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

Governor Brian Sandoval will join other officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, August 28. The road will officially open by Labor Day. In the meantime, crews are putting the final touches on the four-lane road. They will finish striping the pavement, work on the shoulders and slopes, and install signs and median barriers for safety.

"Helps enhance safety, reduces crossover crashes from vehicles crossing unintentionally over into the other lane of traffic," Ragonese said.

Rumble strips and fencing is also being installed. From Interstate 80 to US-50, the road will span 18 miles. The original road was built privately, but the $75.9 million extension is paid for by the state.

"It's going to add so much more to our region," Ragonese said. "It's not only going to help further connect the region for economic development, but also for general mobility. So, it really will be a boon for mobility across northwestern Nevada."

Work is wrapping up on Highway 50, too, where a roundabout connects the road to USA Parkway, also known as State Route 439.

"That is actually going to be a two-lane roundabout, providing enough room for trucks and other traffic to get through there," Ragonese said.

Work will also begin on the eastbound I-80 off-ramp at USA Parkway. Crews will repave and re-stripe the ramp, adding a second right-hand turning lane into TRI. NDOT will also add a southbound third lane on USA Parkway between the interstate and Electric Avenue. Construction will begin Sunday night, and will be finished this fall.

"Adding additional capacity for commuters to get off of the interstate, as they turn onto I-80," Ragonese said. "It will provide a smoother traffic flow for everyone on I-80 and the USA Parkway."

As more TRI expands, it brings more traffic. NDOT says it is evaluating potential regional interstate improvements in future years.

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