In 2012, the RTC built 14 new stations along its Rapid route that included covered waiting areas, expanded seating, mixed bus information monitors and ticket vending machines to purchase fares prior to boarding, according to Lee Harris of the Nevada chapter of the USGBC.
Harris said the artwork included on the new stations enhanced the visual appeal and fits directly with the chapter’s vision of sustainable buildings and communities and an outstanding quality of life. Harris presented RTC Board of Directors Chair Bonnie Weber with the award, and a certificate of commendation from Sen. Harry Reid, to kick off Friday’s board meeting.
The RTC’s project staff delivered updates on the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project, most importantly noting a public hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement scheduled for March 19 from 4-7 p.m. at The Nugget. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has completed its legal review of the statement clearing the way for its approval by the FHWA. A Record of Decision in the matter may be issued before the end of the year.
RTC staff said the project’s website is currently under construction and, once complete, will provide all information related to the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard Intersection Project. Design activity will ramp up in early summer and meetings about the project will include RTC project design staff, City of Sparks stakeholders and the community.Preliminary design is scheduled to be complete by the fall of this year and final design complete by August 2014.
The improvements to the heavily traveled intersection will feature a free right turn lane on southbound Pyramid Way to westbound McCarran Boulevard and a triple left turn lane on eastbound McCarran Boulevard to northbound Pyramid Way. Queen Way will be reconfigured at the north end of the project extending south to Tyler Way, and McCarran Boulevard will remain two lanes each way within the project area with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations included in the project.
The RTC entered an agreement with HDR Inc. on Nov. 16, 2012 for the final design of the project not to exceed $7,724,939.
Phase 1 of the two-phase project, which will construct the SouthEast Connector from Greg Street to Clean Water Way, is currently waiting for relocation of two radio broadcast towers that are projected to obtain a Special Use Permit from the City of Sparks and be moved in August.
Traffic control preparations, work plans and environmental controls are already in motion for the intersection of Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard. Clearing and grubbing will begin Monday, according to the RTC.
There will be Community Working Group meetings for the SouthEast Connector beginning Wednesday and March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of AGC Nevada Chapter located at 5400 Mill St. in Reno. An open house for the SouthEast Connector will be held March 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The location has yet to be confirmed.