The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will open the long-awaited SouthEast Connector to traffic on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2018 by 9 p.m. The RTC will celebrate the grand opening of this signature project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the same day at 11 a.m. at the Huffaker Bridge, which goes over Alexander Lake Road.
The ceremony is open to the public and the RTC invites everyone to come celebrate the completion of the SouthEast Connector. People who want to attend can enter the SouthEast Connector from Reno at the Veterans Parkway/South Meadows intersection, and then follow on-site parking directions. The road will remain closed to through-traffic during and following the ceremony, but will open to traffic that evening by 9 p.m.
“We are proud to deliver this project to our community,” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “This project created hundreds of local construction jobs and will continue to help our region’s growing economy and connectivity between the cities of Reno and Sparks.”
The SouthEast Connector will be called Veterans Parkway when it opens. 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 that runs the entire length of the project for recreation and bicycle commuters.
The project represents a $300-million investment in our community and is funded 100 percent 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 road will mitigate traffic congestion and reduce commute times, which will improve our air quality.
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.
For more information about the project, visit southeastconnector.com.