Plenty of those projects are happening in the Sparks area, and although none of them are causing traffic controls, slow-downs or closures, there are upcoming decisions and meetings worth noting.
The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project prior to the year's end. This allows the RTC to move the project into the final design and construction phase, which will address congestion problems surrounding Sparks' busiest intersection.
Final design is slated to be finished in the third quarter of this year and construction is on pace to begin in the summer of 2015. The project is estimated at $70 million, which will largely be funded through state fuel tax revenues. The RTC will be acquiring about 70 homes in the area during the year in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Nevada Department of Transportation.
A community working group will be assembled in the coming weeks in hopes of reaching out to affected and surrounding neighborhoods on issues such as landscaping and aesthetics, site preparation and construction. The community working group will work as a liaison and continual public meetings will be held as final design progresses.
Pyramid/US 395 Connector
The RTC is in the Final Environmental Impact Statement phase for the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connector project, addressing congestion and accessibility in the Spanish Springs and Sun Valley areas as part of the 2035 Regional Plan.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was signed and posted in the Federal Register after completing a public comment period in November. The RTC is still working to determine the preferred alternative per public comments on the project and it will be presenting to the RTC Board of Directors in the first quarter of this year with a "tentative option," according to RTC documents.
The entire project will convert about six miles of existing Pyramid Highway from an arterial road to a controlled access freeway and it will add a new controlled access freeway from US 395 to Pyramid Highway with improvements, ranging to Vista Boulevard in Sparks.
Prater Way Phase 4
The RTC is in the preliminary stages of Prater Way Phase 4 improvements, covering the north side of Prater Way from 20th to 22nd streets. Phase 3 of the improvements was completed in 2013 and Phase 4 will continue to replace sidewalk, landscape planters, trees and other aesthetics.
Nichols Consulting Engineers is heading up the design of the project and it is estimated to cost $954,947.
Additionally, Prater Way will be receiving improvements from Stanford Way to Sparks Boulevard. Existing pavement and concrete work will help curb and gutter improvements and ADA accessibility. These improvements will begin construction in July and finish in September. The same improvements will be done to El Rancho Drive from Victorian Avenue to Prater Way for a total cost of about $2.3 million and will be funded through fuel tax revenues.
More information about the RTC's current and upcoming projects can be found at www.rtcwashoe.com in the 'hot topics' or 'streets and highways' sections.