Photographic Rendering: Mira Loma intersection looking northwest

Photographic Rendering: Mira Loma Bridge looking southeast from Herons Landing subdivision

Photographic Rendering: Yori Drain/wetlands looking west from above the Hidden Valley water tank.

November 13, 2013: Installing rebar for concrete paving on Veterans Memorial Bridge.

November 13, 2013: New concrete paving on northbound side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Photographic Rendering: Yori Drain/wetlands looking west from above the Hidden Valley water tank.

Photographic Rendering:  Huffaker Narrows Bridge over Alexander Lake Road looking east.

November 13, 2013: Abutments for the bridge over Clean Water Way.

November 11, 2013: Greg Street looking eastbound.

November 11, 2013: Greg Street/Sparks Boulevard intersection improvements looking west.

November 11, 2013: Greg Street/Sparks Boulevard intersection improvements looking northwest.

November 11, 2013: Multi-use path on southbound side of Sparks Boulevard at Greg Street.

November 11, 2013: Greg Street looking west.

November 11, 2013: Veterans Memorial Bridge construction looking northeast.

September 7, 2013: Veterans Memorial Bridge construction looking northwest.

August 14, 2013: Steel girder being lifted into place on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

August 13, 2013: The first set of steel girders being set on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Students learn about material excavation and drainage basins south of the Truckee River.

First rebar cage being moved to the drilled shaft site.

First rebar cage being moved to the drilled shaft site.

First rebar cage being moved to the drilled shaft site.

Mira Loma Drive where it will intersect with the SouthEast Connector, looking southwest.

Truckee River Bridge rendering looking north towards Sparks from Clean Water Way.

Benefits of the Project

SEC: Did you know?

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Recent News

August 12, 2015: For the most recent briefs files with the 9th Circuit on the case to appeal the district court's denial for preliminary injunction click below.
RTC Brief
Corps Brief
Notice of Oral Argument is scheduled for October 19, 2015 for this case.

July 16, 2015:The Upper South East Communities Coalition (USECC) filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) following its issuance of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit, a key permit needed for phase two of the SouthEast Connector Project. In order to protect the public interest, the RTC filed a motion to become an intervener in the lawsuit. The RTC is confident in the decision by the USACE issued on April 16, 2015. This project as submitted and reviewed by the USACE and applicable state and federal regulatory agencies provides the least human impact, improves the environment and wildlife habitat, and brings significant benefits to the environment. A court hearing has not been scheduled on this lawsuit.
In addition to the lawsuit, the USECC sought an injunction to stop construction of the project. On June 3, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied the motion for injunctive relief. This decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the USECC also filed a request for emergency injunction with the court. On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion for injunctive relief. A court date is yet to be scheduled to hear the appeal of the U.S. District Court decision. The following legal documents are associated with this case, and are being made available as part of the RTC’s commitment to transparency with the public.

Decision of U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez, June 3, 2015
RTC Brief in response to USECC request for emergency injunction
U.S. Department of Justice Brief in response to USECC request for emergency injunction
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Decision denying USECC emergency motion for injunctive relief

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Emergency Request by the Upper South East Communities Coalition.
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SEC: Did You Know?

The new SouthEast Connector will have a limited number of intersections between Greg Street and South Meadows Parkway. This will allow traffic to flow more smoothly and minimize the number of potential conflicts at intersections— resulting in fewer crashes. The project will be designed to meet the safety criteria of a high-speed roadway with features including wide shoulders, full median and/or barrier rail, turn lanes at intersections, and separation of the multi-use path from vehicle lanes.

Project Overview

The SouthEast Connector is the final piece of a roadway that has been envisioned for 50 years and is now under construction. The SouthEast Connector (formerly the Tahoe/Pyramid Link) will provide a more efficient and safe alternative for commuters who travel between south Reno and east Reno/Sparks. The new roadway – to be called Veterans Parkway – will stretch 5.5 miles from the intersection of Greg Street/Sparks Boulevard at the northern end, to the existing intersection of Veterans Parkway/South Meadows Parkway at the southern end. The road will be three lanes in each direction, with new signalized intersections at Mira Loma Drive and Pembroke Drive. Additionally, it will improve and enhance the environmental ecosystem in the Truckee Meadows and offer recreational opportunities not previously available.

Project Phases

Phase 1 construction was completed in July 2014 –six months ahead of schedule and under budget –and consisted of the building of two bridges: Veterans Memorial Bridge and Clean Water Way Bridge; and new roadway from Greg Street to south of Clean Water Way.

Phase 2 construction began in June 2015 and will consist of the building of five bridges: Yori Drain, Boynton Slough, Rosewood Lakes, Mira Loma and Huffaker Narrows Bridge; new roadway from Clean Water Way south to the existing Veterans Parkway/South Meadows Parkway intersection. Completion is slated for late 2017.

Benefits of the Project

The SouthEast Connector Project will provide many long-term benefits to the community and to the quality of life of Truckee Meadows residents. Utilizing valuable input received from federal, state, and local agencies; regional environmental groups; and local business and community organizations, the project team has developed strategies to optimize traffic operations; enhance the environment within the corridor; and maximize the safety of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. To learn more about the project benefits click here.

USACE 404 & 401 Permit Application

April 16, 2015: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 Permit (SPK-2010-01058) to the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) for Phase II of the Southeast Connector project in Washoe County, Nevada.
Additional information and conditions of the Section 404 permit can be viewed here.
View RTC press release here.
View U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press release here.

The USACE 404 & 401 permit application is now available for view or download.
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The Public Notice for SPK-2010-01058 can be viewed here

February 21, 2014: The RTC has submitted additional information and responses to agency and public comments as requested by the USACE on January 9, 2014. These responses can be viewed here.

January 28, 2014: News Release RTCs SEC Permit Still Under Review by USACE

January 9, 2014: The USACE has issued a request for additional information and responses to public comments; this request can be viewed here. The RTC is currently compiling the requested information and preparing responses to the public comments forwarded by the USACE. This information will be made available on the project website upon submission to the USACE.