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

The Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is available for review
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 available for public review. 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.

The FEIS and appendices  are available on this website. Hard copies of the FEIS also will be available for review at the locations listed below during the official 30-day public comment period that starts on June 29, 2018 and ends on July 30, 2018.

FEIS viewing locations:

  • Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, Nevada
  • Sparks Library at 1125 12th Street, Sparks, Nevada
  • Sun Valley General Improvement District Offices at 5000 Sun Valley Boulevard, Sun Valley, Nevada
  • RTC Offices at 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, Nevada
  • NDOT District II offices, 310 Galletti Way, Sparks, Nevada

You may provide comments at any time during the official 30-day public comment period in the following ways: Mail your comments to Steve Cooke, Environmental Services Chief, NDOT, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89712, FAX your comments to Steve Cooke at (775) 888-7104, or email your comments to Steve Cooke at SCooke@dot.nv.gov. All comments must be received by or postmarked July 30, 2018 to be considered as part of the official project record.

After comments on the FEIS are received and considered, FHWA will prepare a Record of Decision (ROD) that will provide responses to comments, and identify the Preferred Alternative selected and the basis for its selection. The ROD will conclude the NEPA process for this project. Public and agency involvement will continue as appropriate as the project moves into the final design and construction phases.

FEIS Transportation Notice (English)
FEIS Transportation Notice (Spanish)

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 available for download below:

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

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)
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.

LATEST NEWS
The FEIS was signed by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in June 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 included in the Preferred Alternative are the result of additional traffic modeling, design refinements and environmental impact analysis of the alternatives evaluated in the Draft EIS. On June 7, 2017 the team gave a presentation to the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) confirming Arterial 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.

Preferred Alternative
Conceptual Phasing Plan
TAC Presentation

SCHEDULE
Planning: Complete October 2012
Environmental: April 2008 to September 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:  July 27, 2018