RTC Project No. 520062

RTC Project Manager (PM)
Doug Maloy, P.E.
(775) 335-1865

RTC Engineering Department
(775) 348-0171
(775) 348-0170 fax

Design Firm:  Jacobs Engineering

Construction Contractor:  Not Applicable

The Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Record of Decision has been completed.
The Pyramid Highway/US 395 Record of Decision (ROD) has been finalized and was signed on December 7, 2018. Based on the analyses presented in the June 2018 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Arterial Alternative 3 was identified as the Selected Alternative in the ROD was because it would minimize environmental impacts compared to the other build alternatives.  The ROD and its appendices may be viewed below.

Pref Alt 3 plans
Sage Grouse BLM RDF Analysis
Public Involvement
FEIS Comments and Responses

The Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is complete and available to view
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), announces that the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is complete and can be found online (see links below). Arterial Alternative 3 has been identified as the Preferred Alternative. This alternative includes the ridge alignment, south crossing of Sun Valley, and a new interchange west of Sun Valley Boulevard.

Study Detail
The Conceptual Phasing Plan shows how potential phasing of the design and construction could occur should the project be approved and funding become available.

The FEIS is available for download below:

Final EIS
Study Background
Current Maps
Alternative Analysis
Who’s Involved
Frequently Asked Questions

The Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Study is an environmental and engineering study being conducted by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) on behalf of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This study is evaluating alternatives to relieve traffic congestion on the Pyramid Highway and provide improved east/west community connectivity from Pyramid to U.S. 395 and east to Vista Boulevard. Alternatives were developed and evaluated to provide for existing traffic and anticipated future growth through the year 2035.

Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Study Quick Facts
Improving transportation in one of the busiest areas in the Truckee Meadows begins with involving the public. The study that began in 2008, included a considerable public outreach effort providing multiple avenues for the public to comment, ask questions, and receive updates on the study throughout the process.

The need for the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Study is based on information developed for the Pyramid Highway Corridor Management Plan (CMP), October 2001. The purpose of the project is to achieve the transportation objectives identified in the CMP by addressing the following transportation issues:

1. Address existing congestion problems on Pyramid Highway
2. Service existing and forecasted population growth
3. Address existing travel inefficiencies
4. Address safety problems on Pyramid Highway
5. Address existing and future access needs
6. Be responsive to regional and local plans

Study Timeline
2008-Spring 2011:  Alternatives development, analysis, and screening (Completed)
Fall 2013:  Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (Completed)
June 2018:  Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (Completed)
Fall 2018:  Record of Decision (ROD)

**To be determined – Preliminary and Final Design, right-of-way acquisition, construction
*Timelines provided are estimated and presented for general reference only.
**Design and construction are dependent upon the ultimate outcome of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process (i.e. determination made in the ROD), phasing plan, availability of funding, and final project approval from the RTC Board of Commissioners.

The Record of Decision (ROD) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) December 7, 2018.  The Preferred Alternative  consists of Four and Six Lane Arterial improvements at specific locations on Pyramid and the US 395 Connector.  The proposed High Speed High Access Controlled Arterial improvements are the result of additional traffic modeling, design refinements and environmental impact analysis of the alternatives included in the DEIS.

Preferred Alternative
Conceptual Phasing Plan
TAC Presentation

Planning: Complete October 2012
Environmental: April 2008 to September 2018
Preliminary Design: to be determined (Phase 1 only)
Final Design: to be determined (Phase 1 only)
Construction: to be determined (Phase 1 only)

Total Project Estimate (All Project Phases): $800 Million
Amount expended to date Federal and State Funds (Environmental Phase):  $9.6 Million
Funding Source:  RTC Fuel Tax, Federal Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

Post updated on: June 25, 2019