UPDATE: RTC reports that the SouthEast Connector will be opening ahead of schedule at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The long-awaited SouthEast Connector is scheduled to open on Friday, July 6th. They plan on opening it around 9 p.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in the day.

The SouthEast Connector will be called Veterans Parkway when it opens to traffic. The road is three lanes in each direction and has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour. It has two new signalized intersections and a multi-use path for recreation.

The project represents a $300-million investment in our community and is funded 100% by local, voter-approved RTC-5 fuel tax revenues. The project creates connectivity between south Reno and Sparks and also includes environmental, recreational and safety enhancements.

The RTC installed 13 new bridges including a pair over the Truckee River, which are now the longest bridges in our community. The bridge will be called the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

(RTC contributed to this report.)