PROJECT DETAILS
RTC Project No. 520062

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

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

Design Firm:  Jacobs Engineering

Construction Contractor:  Not Applicable

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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)
Summer 2017:  Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Spring 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.

LATEST NEWS
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in June 2017.  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 preferred alternative included in the DEIS. On June 7, 2017 the team gave a presentation to the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) confirming Alternative 3 as the preferred alternative.

A Conceptual Phasing Plan has been prepared that shows how potential phasing of the design and construction could occur should the project be approved and funding become available.

The FEIS is anticipated to be made available to the public late 2017.

Preferred Alternative
Conceptual Phasing Plan
TAC Presentation

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

The FEIS is anticipated to be completed and made available to the public by the end of 2017.

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

Study Schedule

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Study Schedule

 

 

 

SCHEDULE
Planning: Complete October 2012
Environmental: April 2008 to March 2018
Preliminary Design: N/A
Final Design: N/A
Construction: N/A

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Total Project Estimate:  $750M
Amount Approved:  $9.6M
Funding Source:  RTC Fuel Tax, Federal Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

 

Post updated on:  November 29, 2017