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Fast Facts

  • The general height of the new roadway will only be between 5 and 15 feet above the original ground level, preserving the brilliant views of the Virginia and Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges.
  • 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.
  • The project does not prevent flooding, however, it is designed to hold flood waters. Once construction is completed, the roadway will be passable in a 117-year flood event such as the region experienced in 1997.

Updates and Stories

Construction Activities at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course

September 15, 2017—Large poles are being installed along Pembroke Drive at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course to accommodate new high-net fencing for the driving range. The high-net fencing will soon be installed as well as completion of the new golf course entrance sign. The team is replacing these items as they were removed for excavating operations at the driving range. The driving range was rebuilt to provide additional flood water storage as well as fix a long-standing drainage issue.


The Equipment Building Phase 2

June 1, 2017—To build Phase 2, the SouthEast Connector Project takes 75 pieces of large construction equipment and 200 small tools such as pumps, generators and water tanks…that’s a lot!


Controlled Burns are Back! 

May 5, 2017—The SouthEast Connector team and the Reno Fire Department have partnered again this year to conduct a series of small, controlled burns between Alexander Lake Road and South Meadows Parkway in an effort to kill whitetop. The burns act as a training session for the Fire Department as well as a cost-savings to the project team by not having to haul the noxious weed off-site to be disposed of.

 


Shortened Commute Time

Jan 20, 2017—On the quickest route, it currently takes an average of 10 minutes and nearly five miles with six signalized intersections to reach South Meadows Parkway from Mira Loma Drive. Once the SouthEast Connector (Veterans Parkway) roadway opens, this commute will be approximately 2.5 miles and take less than 5 minutes.

This is just one commute benefit the project has to offer. Ultimately, the SouthEast Connector’s 5.5 miles of roadway with a posted speed limit of 45 MPH and only two signalized intersections will allow drivers to commute between Sparks and south Reno in less than 10 minutes.


SouthEast Connector Project Uses Water Wisely

October 3, 2016—Part of the SouthEast Connector project’s design is to restore and create an 80-acre self-sufficient wetland complex. One major feature of the wetlands is a diversion structure at the new Yori Drain Bridge that will divert the creek water from Yori Drain to run through a polishing wetland complex that will naturally filter the water before releasing it into Steamboat Creek. The riparian vegetation will maintain higher water quality for both Yori Drain and Steamboat Creek benefiting the environment and wildlife.

Diversion structure at Yori Drain that will divert the creek water through a polishing wetland complex.

Diversion structure at Yori Drain that will divert the creek water through a polishing wetland complex.


SouthEast Connector Project Team Commits to Zero Fatalities

August 29, 2016—The SouthEast Connector project team has taken the pledge to drive safely by partnering with the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Department of Pubic Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety and their partner agencies in the support of the Zero Fatalities Drive Safe Program. To demonstrate their support, Granite Construction is installing program license plate covers on all Northern Nevada fleet vehicles.

“Driving safely is part of working safely,” said RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol. “The project has a lot of construction traffic and we all need to pledge to make zero fatalities our goal within and around the construction site just as we do offsite.”

To learn more about the Zero Fatalities program visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/

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Granite Construction Installs Quieter Back-Up Alarms on Equipment

July 21, 2016—The RTC and Granite Construction are taking several precautions to minimize construction noise near neighborhoods. Sound monitoring and noise-reducing equipment are in place to ensure noise does not exceed 70dBA (comparable to a lawn mower from 100 feet away).

As part of their efforts, Granite Construction has installed Multi-Phase or White Noise Backup Alarms on equipment working in Rosewood Lakes Golf Course and Heron’s Landing areas to help prevent a noise nuisance for nearby residents. Check out the difference in alarm sounds by watching our video below!


Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Driving Range Excavation

June 1, 2016—The excavating work on the driving range is creating an additional flood water storage area as well as fixing a long standing issue with the driving range.  Previously, the driving range did not drain water effectively which would create a muddy environment that made it difficult to retrieve golf balls and would damage them in the process.  The driving range will be redesigned so that the land slopes gently towards the Boynton Slough, but not enough for golf balls to roll into the Slough.  Additionally, the project team has created an opportunity to construct four small practice golf holes that would be used by The First Tee of Northern Nevada. Details are still being finalized for this and will be communicated when completed.


Controlled Burns on SouthEast Connector Project

April 7, 2016—The SouthEast Connector team and the Reno Fire Department are conducting a series of small, controlled burns between Alexander Lake Road and South Meadows Parkway in an effort to remove whitetop. Whitetop is an invasive, noxious weed that can crowd out and impede the growth of desirable plants, and reduce animal diversity. Contained burning will rejuvenate growth and survival of native plants and animals by restoring essential nutrients.

The series of controlled burns in this area are also acting as a training session for the Fire Department as whitetop can be difficult to burn, and a cost-savings to the project team by not having to haul the whitetop off-site to be disposed of.

The SouthEast Connector team’s efforts to removing whitetop will help restore a natural and healthy environment throughout the wetlands and help prevent further infestation in surrounding areas.

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August 10, 2015

Dear Stakeholder:

The RTC and Granite Construction have partnered with CH2M for environmental compliance and management services on Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector project. CH2M provided the same services including nesting bird surveys on Phase 1.

A nesting bird survey is conducted within two weeks prior to any construction and identifies zoned areas for nesting birds and their eggs. If an active bird nest is found, the area is protected by a 25-250ft. buffer depending on the species of bird. Buffers allow work to be conducted in adjacent areas without interfering with the outcome of the nest.

To ensure all birds are protected it is critical to know all their nesting locations. “They (most native birds) like to nest in secure locations like inside a greasewood for example,” said Jessica Birnbaum CH2M’s project biologist. “Killdeer, on the other hand, nest in the open.”

CH2M will continue the nesting bird surveys during the nesting bird season as construction progresses to protect the wildlife in the area.

“It’s a partnership,” said Kirk McIntosh, environmental engineer with Granite Construction. “Everyone on the project participated in comprehensive environmental training specific to this project. This is a perfect example of two disciplines (construction and environmental professionals) working together to benefit the community.”

April 17, 2015

Construction Staging to Begin for Southeast Connector

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.

April 17, 2015

Construction Staging to Begin for Southeast Connector

Construction activities for Phase 2 of the SouthEast Connector will begin on Monday, April 20, 2015. Local contractor Granite Construction will begin delivering equipment and materials in an effort to facilitate staging for heavy construction operations to begin in the very near future. Additionally, Granite Construction will be placing environmental controls and fencing to delineate where construction operations will occur.

“The environmental controls will help establish a barrier around the construction site to protect the surrounding environment and ensure that nothing within the work site is released that is not permitted,” RTC Project Manager Garth Oksol said.

Additional work in the area will include more intensive site specific cultural exploration as well as establishing a construction office on site. Continuation of previous Nesting Bird Surveys will be conducted and ongoing wildlife surveying as well.

The RTC received a fully executed and signed permit on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The RTC has all the permits it needs from state and federal regulatory agencies to begin construction of the SouthEast Connector. There is no additional review that is needed or that will be conducted by the USACE or any regulatory agency. Standard construction permits are in the process of being pulled that will allow full construction to begin. “The community has waited long enough. What began just over two years ago with Phase 1, the Veterans Memorial Bridge is now a ‘Bridge to Prosperity.’ It’s time to begin work on this much needed roadway,” stated RTC Chair and Reno Councilmember Neoma Jardon.

The remainder of the road to be constructed is just south of Clean Water Way to Veterans Parkway and is about four and a half miles of the overall five and a half mile roadway. Completion is expected in late 2017 and will link Sparks to south Reno. For project updates visit: http://SouthEastConnector.com and http://RTCwashoe.com.

April 16, 2015

SouthEast Connector Phase 2 Animated Project Flyover

Animated video flyover of the SouthEast Connector project is now available on YouTube

April 16, 2015

KEY PERMIT ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT

Reno, NV (April 16, 2015) – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has approved and issued a key permit needed under section 404 of the Clean Water Act for completion of the SouthEast Connector project. The approval means the next phase of construction may move forward.

As anticipated, the permit requires some conditions, which RTC will comply with. The Corps did not require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), realign the path of the roadway or make any alterations to the project, which is a validation of the solid design, engineering and environmental work that has been done by RTC.

“The SouthEast Connector is much more than a needed roadway; it provides numerous benefits to the environment. I’m pleased the Corps has recognized those benefits in approving RTC’s application,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.

The Corps noted RTC’s innovative plan to help stop the spread of historic mercury within the SouthEast Connector Corridor. The plan calls for soil with higher concentrations of mercury to be permanently stored under the roadway and removed from exposure to ground water and the human environment. Currently, mercury is being spread by any flood events. Advanced modeling shows this plan will remove 22,000 pounds of mercury from further exposure to the environment. The permit review found that RTC’s mercury mitigation plan is “protective of human health and the environment.”

Additionally, RTC is planning habitat restoration and other efforts to improve water quality and reduce erosion. The project will help the area return to a more natural floodplain. The project has been shown to reduce flood water elevations near homes and other buildings.

The SouthEast Connector will also help improve air quality. Modeling shows the roadway is needed to accommodate future growth and growth that has already occurred in the region. The project will reduce traffic congestion and the amount of idling vehicles, preventing pollution. A paved, multi-use path will also parallel the entire roadway, enabling people to make green trips, such as walking and biking while enjoying the natural environment and scenic views.

The first phase of the SouthEast Connector was substantially completed in July – ahead of schedule and under budget. The next phase will begin in the coming weeks and be marked by a community groundbreaking event. Full completion of the project is expected in late 2017. The remainder of the road to be constructed is about four and a half miles of the overall five and a half mile roadway. When completed, the SouthEast Connector will be dubbed Veterans Parkway, and will link Sparks to south Reno. The complete permit application and permit conditions will be available at: http://SouthEastConnector.com and http://RTCwashoe.com.

Veterans Memorial Bridge looking southeast. Veterans Memorial Bridge looking north.Veterans Memorial Bridge looking west.Veterans Memorial Bridge looking southeast and below, the new multi-use path recently opened.Veterans Memorial Bridge deck looking north.Veterans Memorial Bridge looking northwest.Veterans Memorial Bridge looking east.
Veterans Memorial Bridge looking northeast.Roadway and multi-use path between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges looking south.Multi-use path connecting the Truckee River Trail (north of the river) to the intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street.Clean Water Way Bridge and retaining wall looking southwest.Intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street looking south toward the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
August 6, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

The SouthEast Connector Phase 1 construction is substantially complete, approximately six months ahead of schedule. The contractor, Kiewit Western, is in the process of demobilizing equipment and crews in preparation for project close-out. While major work has been completed, crews will still be on-site working on finishing touches during the next few weeks. The new section of roadway and the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges will remain closed to traffic; as will the new multi-use path over the Truckee River extending south to Clean Water Way. These will be opened to vehicle and pedestrian/bicycle traffic respectively after the completion of Phase 2, which will extend the new roadway south to the existing intersection of South Meadows Parkway and Veterans Parkway. For everyone’s safety, members of the public should not enter the fenced and/or barrier protected areas of the Phase 1 project until the entire roadway has been completed and opened to traffic.

Construction of Phase 2 is currently anticipated to begin later this year and will take approximately two years to complete. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to consider RTC’s application for a permit needed for Phase 2 under section 404 of the Clean Water Act. When completed, the SouthEast Connector will be a national model for sustainable roadway design. RTC takes great pride in its environmental efforts and regulatory compliance.

The RTC would like to thank commuters, residents and area businesses for their patience and cooperation during the construction of the SouthEast Connector Phase 1 project and the associated Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard intersection improvements.

We will continue to provide updates regarding the status of the Phase 2 permitting process and construction scheduling as information becomes available.

Roadway paving operations between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Roadway paving operations between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Roadway paving operations between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Roadway paving operations between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Roadway paving operations between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Completed roadway paving between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Paving the multiuse path north of the Truckee River.Paving the multiuse path north of the Truckee River. Paving the multiuse path at the southwest corner of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street/Veterans Parkway intersection.Hydroseeding the north flood basin.Installing decorative rock elements at the north abutment of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. New pedestrian overlook at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
June 6, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Mainline roadway paving is complete between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges. Paving of the multiuse path is also complete; however, please note, the multiuse path north of the river will continue to be closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic until path signing/striping, landscape, and overhead work is completed under and around the Veterans Memorial Bridge – barriers and fences along the path will remain in place until the remaining work is completed. For your safety, the RTC requests that cyclists and pedestrians continue to stay out of the work zone until the fences and barriers have been removed. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience. Safety First…and Nobody Gets Hurt!

Landscape crews have begun hydroseeding the northern flood basin and roadway embankments and have also been planting trees and placing decorative rock in the area of the north abutment of the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the multiuse path north of the Truckee River. Installation of temporary irrigation lines along the roadway embankments south of Clean Water Way is also underway.

Concrete pours have been completed for the Veterans Memorial Bridge, including the bridge deck, approach slabs, barrier rail and the pedestrian overlook located at the north end of the bridge.  Concrete pours for the barrier rails on the Clean Water Way Bridge are also nearly complete. Construction of the median barrier rail along the new roadway between the two bridges is scheduled to begin next week.

Final preparations being made for asphalt roadway paving between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Final preparations being made for asphalt roadway paving between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges.Multi-use path and riprap lined drainage swale south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Final grading and placement of aggregate base on the multi-use path have been completed in preparation for asphalt paving. Installation of new landscape elements at the southwest corner of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street/Veterans Parkway intersection.Installation of new landscape elements along the multi-use path near the southwest corner of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street/Veterans Parkway intersection.Pouring concrete barrier rail at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.New 8-foot wildlife fence west of the roadway, south of the Clean Water Way Bridge.
May 30, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Crews have completed the final grading and placement of aggregate base for the roadway between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges in preparation for asphalt paving for the new roadway scheduled to begin next week. Grading and placement of aggregate base for the multiuse path between the bridges is also complete and work continues on the multiuse path segment north of the Truckee River.

Installation of the temporary irrigation lines along the roadway embankments between the bridges and within the north flood basin has been completed. With the installation of the irrigation lines complete, crews have begun hydroseeding the roadway embankments and north flood basin. Supplemental irrigation will be used in these areas until the revegetated areas have become sufficiently established.

Construction of the pedestrian overlook at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge has been completed and crews have begun installing the remaining sections of pedestrian hand rail along the multiuse path located on the west side of the bridge. Construction of the remaining sections of barrier rail on both the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Clean Water Way Bridge also continues. Installation of the 8-foot wildlife fence on the west side of the roadway embankment, south of Clean Water Way, is also underway.

Installation of temporary irrigation lines within the north flood basin, east of the new roadway.
Preparing leveling pads for the MSE walls on the south end of the Clean Water Way Bridge. MSE wall at the southwest corner of the Clean Water Way Bridge. MSE wall at northeast corner of the Clean Water Way Bridge.Topsoil stockpiles within the south flood basin. Formwork and rebar for the pedestrian overlook at the northern end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.View of the Truckee Meadows and the Sierras from the pedestrian overlook on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.New trees budding/blooming along Greg Street west of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street intersection.Twin 8 X 12-foot precast concrete box culverts south of Clean Water Way.Construction of roadway embankment fill south of Clean Water Way. Backfill operations at the south abutment of the Clean Water Way Bridge.
April 28, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Temporary irrigation lines have been installed along the roadway embankment and within the flood basin north of Clean Water Way in preparation for revegetation (hydroseeding). The temporary irrigation lines will supply effluent from the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) to plantings and hydroseeded areas until the new vegetation has been sufficiently established. Native seed mixes and plantings are being used to the extent possible to maximize the long-term success rate of the revegetation efforts.

Approach slabs for the Veterans Memorial Bridge have been completed. Concrete has been poured for the construction of the pedestrian overlook on the Veterans memorial Bridge and construction of concrete barrier rail and installation of the pedestrian handrail on the bridge continues.

Crews are working on the final roadway grading between the two bridges in preparation for the placement of aggregate base material and roadway paving operations slated for later this spring.

The mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls on each side of the Clean Water Way Bridge have been completed and work continues for the construction of the roadway embankment fill south of Clean Water Way.

Curing blankets covering the recently poured final sections of the Veterans Memorial Bridge concrete deck.
Constructing approach slabs at the northern end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, connecting the new roadway to the recently completed bridge deck. Concrete worker hand-finishes a freshly poured concrete approach slab at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Longitudinal tining (shallow grooves running in the direction of traffic) provides for increased traction over that provided by a smooth concrete finish and also reduces road noise associated with transverse tining sometimes used on concrete roadway pavement surfaces.Falsework for the construction of the pedestrian overlook located toward the north end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.Pedestrian walkway and newly installed handrail on the west side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.New radio towers and control building north of Clean Water Way.8 X 12-foot precast concrete box culvert sections arriving on site south of Clean Water Way.A crane lifts an 8 X 12-foot precast concrete cox culvert section into place south of Clean Water Way. Twin 8 X 12-foot precast concrete box culverts south of Clean Water Way.8 X 12-foot precast concrete box culvert under the roadway between the Veterans Memorial and Clean Water Way bridges. The reinforced concrete pipes in the foreground have been installed to allow water to flow under the elevated multiuse path during smaller storm events. During larger storm events, flood waters will flow over as well as under the multiuse path. Roadway fill south of the Clean Water Way Bridge.Installing posts for a new 8-foot wildlife fence west of the new roadway.New 8-foot wildlife fencing west of the new roadway.Trenching along the new roadway embankment north of the Clean Water Way Bridge for the installation of landscape irrigation lines. Construction of coping on top of the new MSE wall on the east side of the new roadway north of the Clean Water Way Bridge.
February 12, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

The final sections of the concrete bridge deck for the Veterans Memorial Bridge have been completed and crews have begun to pour the northern bridge approach slabs. Falsework has been erected for the pedestrian overlook, located toward the northern end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The overlook will provide a scenic “rest stop” for pedestrians as they cross the bridge, including benches where pedestrians can relax and take in the sweeping views of the Truckee Meadows and Sierras. Work also continues on the construction of the bridge’s concrete barrier rail and the installation of the pedestrian handrail located on the west side of the bridge.

The relocation of the existing radio towers south of Clean Water Way has been completed with the new towers and control building fully operational. The demolition of the old towers and control buildings has been completed, making way for backfill operations and the placement of roadway fill currently underway south of the Clean Water Way Bridge. Prior to the placement of roadway fill, twin, 8 X 12-foot precast concrete box culverts were set in place to provide for flood equalization, allowing water to pass under the new roadway during large storm events. A similar, single 8 X 12-foot box culvert was also used further north between the two bridges to serve this same purpose.

The installation of wildlife fencing has begun on the west side of the new roadway and landscape crews continue work for the installation of the temporary irrigation system for the roadway embankments and the north flood mitigation basin.

 Grading operations along the roadway and west embankment south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Grading operations on the east roadway embankment south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Grading the flood mitigation basin south of Clean Water Way.Installation of 30-inch effluent water line south of Clean Water Way. The two new radio towers are beginning to take shape north of Clean Water Way. The new towers will replace the existing towers currently located south of Clean Water Way. Erecting the new radio towers north of Clean Water Way. New radio tower control building on the north side of Clean Water Way. Bridge over Clean Water Way.  Backfill operations at the north abutment of the clean water way bridge. Rebar for the Veterans Memorial Bridge southbound concrete bridge deck. Rebar for the median barrier rail on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Hand-finishing the top of freshly poured median barrier rail on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Overview of the Veterans Memorial Bridge looking west.
February 12, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Crews are working on the final grading for the roadway embankment slopes south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in preparation for the placement of topsoil. This work includes grading for the multi-use path (which will be asphalt-paved and run along the west slope of the embankment) and the removal of the construction access road and grading for a maintenance road which will provide access to the underside of the bridge from Clean Water Way. Work on the roadway south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge also continues with the installation of drainage catch-basins and pipes which will collect and carry roadway runoff to be treated within bioswales.

South of Clean Water Way, excavation for the southern flood mitigation basin is nearly complete. Final grading of the basin will include a layer of topsoil which will be revegetated using a native hydroseed mix. Additional work in progress south of Clean Water Way includes trenching and installation of a 30-inch effluent water line which has been relocated outside of the roadway footprint.

Construction of the concrete bridge deck and barrier rails for the Veterans Memorial Bridge continues. Work is also underway for the relocation of the existing radio towers south of Clean Water Way. The new radio tower control building is under construction, installation of the grounding grid is in progress, and crews have begun erecting the two new towers north of Clean Water Way. The existing control building and towers south of Clean Water Way will be dismantled after the new towers are constructed and fully operational in order to minimize any disruption to broadcasting service.

Concrete barrier rail has been completed along the first four northbound spans of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.Steel girder installation has been substantially completed along the entire length of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River (looking west).“Haunched” girders used from Pier 7 to the north abutment of the Veterans Memorial Bridge provide additional aesthetic interest over the Truckee River as well as provide additional room for debris to pass under the bridge during flood events.Concrete pumps mobilized at the Clean Water Way overcrossing for the bridge deck pour. Pouring concrete for the bridge deck over Clean Water Way. Pouring concrete for the bridge deck over Clean Water Way. Work continues on the roadway embankment south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge as crews remove surcharge and construct the emabankment to final grade. MSE wall on the eastern side of the new roadway, north of the Clean Water Way overcrossing.Crews work on water line relocation on the eastern side of the new roadway.Decorative rock installed along the finished embankment slopes at the southeast corner of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street/Veterans Parkway intersection. In addition to aesthetics, the rock also serves to armor the embankments and minimize erosion.Decorative rock installed along the finished embankment slopes at the southeast corner of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street/Veterans Parkway intersection. In addition to aesthetics, the rock also serves to armor the embankments and minimize erosion.
January 16, 2014

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Thanks to the unseasonably mild weather in the Truckee Meadows, construction crews continue to make steady progress on Phase 1 of the SouthEast Connector with the team hitting some major milestones over the last few weeks. A few of the highlights include:

  • As of December 31, 2013, intersection improvements at Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street have been substantially completed.
  • The southern 40% of the concrete deck for the Veterans Memorial Bridge has been poured (northbound and southbound lanes) and concrete barrier rail has been completed along the first four spans on the northbound side of the bridge.
  • All of the steel girders for the Veterans Memorial Bridge have been set and bolted in place, including the girders spanning the Truckee River.
  • The falsework and formwork was completed for the Clean Water Way bridge deck and the concrete deck has been poured.

In addition to ongoing concrete work on the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Clean Water Way overcrossing, crews continue to work on removing surcharge and constructing the roadway embankment to final grade south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Surcharge is excess fill material placed on the roadway embankment to aid in speeding up the settlement process. Once sufficient settlement has occurred (as calculated by geotechnical engineers and confirmed by survey crews), the surcharge material is removed as part of the final grading operations. This material is then used in other areas of the project, to the extent possible, including as backfill behind walls and bridge abutments.

Backfill continues to be placed behind the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall (located north of Clean Water Way on the eastern side of the new roadway) and over the reinforced concrete box flood equalization culvert previously placed between the two bridge structures. Construction of the concrete headwalls and spillway for the culvert is also underway.

Work also continues on the north side of the river as crews complete the final grading for the roadway embankments south of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street intersection and install landscape elements within this area of the project.

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November 13, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

The intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street was fully opened to traffic ahead of schedule on Friday, November 8, 2013. Motorists should note that restrictions remain in place for the through-lanes and turning movements accessing the SouthEast Connector south of Greg Street. These remaining restrictions will continue to be in effect until construction of the SouthEast Connector is complete and the new roadway is open to traffic. Intermittent, short-term lane closures can also be expected over the next few weeks as final housekeeping items are completed. RTC and Kiewit would like to thank area businesses and commuters for their cooperation and patience during construction of the intersection improvements!

The area between Greg Street and the Truckee River continues to be an active work zone and the multi-use path in this area remains closed. Bicyclists and pedestrians are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes due to potential safety hazards within the work zone. This is for everyone’s safety. Please see the informational kiosks in the area of the multi-use path closures for area bike route maps and bicycle safety brochures. You may also email mark.gallegos@ch2m.com for copies of these materials. The multi-use path in this area will be reopened to bicycle and pedestrian traffic as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Your safety is the project team’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Work continues on the south side of the Truckee River for the Veterans Memorial Bridge as crews continue to set steel girders for the bridge superstructure and install formwork and rebar for the concrete decking. The first concrete pours for the bridge deck have also been successfully completed for the first northbound bridge spans and deck pours will continue over the next several weeks, weather permitting. Due to recent cold temperatures, heaters are being employed to help maintain suitable temperatures for the proper curing of the concrete bridge deck. Temperature monitors have been placed at various locations along the bridge which allow construction crews to monitor the concrete temperature remotely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This system is also programmed to send alerts via cell phone if surface and/or internal concrete temperatures reach pre-identified “critical zones” to allow crews to respond and implement appropriate mitigation measures.

Work also continues on the Clean Water Way Bridge. Concrete for the bridge abutments have been poured and work has begun in preparation for erecting the bridge falsework which will support the construction of the bridge superstructure. Construction of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall on the east side of the roadway fill (north of the Clean Water Way Bridge) is also underway and a flood equalization concrete box culvert has been installed within the roadway embankment between the two bridges.

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October 03, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Work continues on the south side of the Truckee River for the Veterans Memorial Bridge as crews continue to set steel girders for the bridge superstructure. Installation of formwork is in progress on the northbound side of the bridge with rebar installation anticipated to begin this week and the first bridge deck concrete pour currently scheduled for mid-October.

North of the Truckee River, concrete paving crews have begun work on the approach lanes to the Veterans Memorial Bridge (south of the Sparks Boulevard/Greg Street intersection). Paving work in this area will include the last remaining sections of paving for eastbound Greg Street.

Work also continues on the Clean Water Way Bridge. Concrete for the north abutment of this structure has been poured and crews have completed the drilled shafts for the foundation of the south abutment. Rebar for the south abutment footing will be installed later this week with a concrete pour for this footing scheduled for early next week. Construction of the south abutment for the Clean Water Way Bridge is currently anticipated to be complete later this month.

Fall has arrived in the Truckee Meadows, along with the typical seasonal temperature fluctuations and often unpredictable weather patterns. The project team is keeping a close eye on area weather forecasts and adjusting construction schedules and taking additional precautions as needed to ensure project quality and worker safety. Crews are also working hard to complete as much work as possible while weather conditions in the area remain favorable.

Safety first…and Nobody Gets Hurt! Thanks to their dedication and focus on work-site safety, the project team recently celebrated 200 working days without a lost-time incident. Congratulations to the team for reaching this safety milestone!

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August 13, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Work continues at the intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street. Travel lanes on Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street have been opening to traffic in phases as crews complete remaining work items with work at the intersection anticipated to be substantially complete this week. The through-lanes on Sparks Boulevard and turn-lanes on Greg Street which will access the SouthEast Connector at its northern end will remain closed to traffic until the construction of the new roadway is completed and open to traffic.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River also continues to take shape. Crews have completed constructing the remaining pier columns and continue to construct pier caps, with the final pier cap anticipated to be completed early next week. The placement of the steel girders which will support the bridge deck has also begun with the first four spans on the northbound side of the bridge completed. The installation of metal decking on the northbound spans (where girders have been installed) is also scheduled to begin this week.

Crews have also begun to erect forms for the north abutment of the bridge over Clean Water Way and anticipate pouring concrete for the abutment later this week.

Safety first…and Nobody Gets Hurt! The Truckee Meadows has recently experienced significant air quality issues the last couple of weeks due to the Yosemite Rim Fire and the American Fire. In response to the smoke that inundated the Truckee Meadows from these fires, Kiewit has been keeping a close watch on the Washoe County Air Quality Index and consulting with a local physician to identify and implement appropriate safety precautions for construction crews on the job site. Kiewit will continue to monitor air quality and implement safety measures as appropriate through the remainder of the fire season.

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August 13, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Construction of pier columns and pier caps continues on the south side of the Truckee River for the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The steel girders that will serve as the base of the bridge superstructure supporting the travel lanes have begun arriving on site and crews will soon begin setting the girders in place starting on the northbound side of the structure. The steel girders have been treated to allow for a more natural “weathered” patina while still providing protection from corrosion. This will add a unique aesthetic component to the Veterans Memorial Bridge as compared to other steel bridge structures found elsewhere in the Reno-Sparks area.

Traffic Control Update: Eastbound traffic on Greg Street, east of the Sparks Boulevard intersection, has been shifted to the outside eastbound lane. Traffic control has been setup for this new traffic configuration and motorists are asked to use extra caution and pay close attention to the signage in this area to ensure that they are using the correct travel lane while this current configuration is in place. Traffic control and flaggers are also in place on Clean Water Way as crews begin work on the abutments and mobilize for drilled shaft operations for the bridge over Clean Water Way.

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July 30, 2013

Pier shaft drilling operations for the Veterans Memorial Bridge have been completed. Drilling equipment will now be moved to the area of the Clean Water Way Bridge to begin work on the drilled shafts for this smaller bridge. Crews continue to construct pier columns and pier caps for the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the first steel bridge girders are scheduled to begin arriving on site this week. Paving work continues on Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street.

 

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The RTC and Kiewit recently hosted two project tours in coordination with UNR and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). A tour held on Thursday, July 18th was provided for local high school students considering a career in engineering and a tour held on Thursday, July 25th included engineering students from UNR as well as professional engineers interested in learning more about the project. Following a brief project overview and safety briefing, attendees were taken onto the job site to get an up-close look at the construction operations on both the north and south sides of the river. The tours also featured field presentations on the drilled-shaft operations and overall construction of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

July 29, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

The Clean Water Act 404/401 permit application for the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on July 19, 2013.  Due to the large file size, the application and appendices can be accessed, reviewed or downloaded at https://app.box.com/shared/static/jit863fqgmxywb4e4mw2.pdf. Please be advised that the file as posted is approximately 143MB in size; download time will vary depending on your internet connection.

In the coming days, the document will be posted to the RTC website, www.rtcwashoe.com, as well as the project website, www.SouthEastConnector.com. The postings to these websites will provide separate links for the various sections of the document to allow for faster downloading of specific sections of interest.

The USACE will also be posting the document to their website once they have made a determination of a complete permit.

We will send out separate emails to let you know when the permit application has been uploaded to our websites.

Thank you for your continued interest in the SouthEast Connector project!

July 22, 2013

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Dear Project Stakeholder:

Crews have begun setting forms and rebar and pouring concrete to construct pier caps for the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River. Pier caps are structures which transfer the load from the bridge superstructure to the bridge piers. Pier cap construction for the Veterans Memorial Bridge will continue for the next several weeks, beginning at the southern most piers and working northward.Drilled shaft operations south of the Truckee River for the Veterans Memorial Bridge are nearly complete with crews working on the last remaining shafts. Construction of the bridge pier columns also continues on the south side of the river. The first concrete pour for the south bridge abutment has been completed and crews will be pouring the back wall of the abutment at the end of this week.

Concrete paving operations and curb and gutter work continues on Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street. The project team would like to take an opportunity to thank motorists and area businesses for their patience and cooperation during the recent closure of Sparks Boulevard to southbound traffic. The closure was needed for the safety of construction crews and motorists during concrete paving operations and to allow time to achieve the required concrete strength prior to traffic being allowed on the new roadway section. The scheduled paving operations were completed on-time and without incident with Sparks Boulevard reopened to traffic in both directions under the traffic control scenario that was in place prior to the closure.

The bike path closure on the north side of the Truckee River in the area of the Veterans Memorial Bridge construction site is planned to remain in place for the duration of the SouthEast Connector Phase 1 construction. Path users are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid entering the construction area. Bike route maps are available at the closure locations on the path to the east and west of the construction site and in the area of the Sparks Boulevard/I-80 westbound on-ramp to assist path users with finding alternate routes to best suit their needs. This map is also available on the project website, www.SouthEastConnector.com. The section of the path that is closed is considered an active construction site and potential safety hazards may exist – even during times when there appears to be no construction activity within the area. Our number one priority is the safety of construction crews and the general public, so please observe traffic control and closures that have been put in place for everyone’s safety. Safety First…and Nobody Gets Hurt!

July 16, 2013
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Dear Project Stakeholder:

Concrete paving operations continue at the intersection of Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street. Sparks Boulevard is currently closed to southbound traffic from the I-80 eastbound off-ramp to Greg Street, and left turns from eastbound Greg Street to northbound Sparks Boulevard are also prohibited. The road closure and left turn restrictions began Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm and are scheduled to continue until Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6:00 am. The closure is needed for the safety of workers and motorists during concrete paving operations and to allow time to achieve the required concrete strength prior to traffic being allowed on the new roadway section.

NV Energy is currently constructing a temporary shoofly to reroute electrical power lines and make way for construction of the bridge over Clean Water Way. Additionally, work to relocate the radio towers south of Clean Water Way to their new location to the north is anticipated to begin this month.

Drilled shaft operations south of the Truckee River for the Veterans Memorial Bridge continue and are anticipated to be complete by the end of the month. Construction of the bridge piers south of the river is also underway with the southernmost pier (Pier 1) completed. Crews are preparing to set forms and install rebar for the construction of the south bridge abutment.

Preparations are also being made to begin the construction of pier caps. The pier cap is a bridge component that transfers loads from the bridge superstructure (the part of the bridge which supports traffic) to the bridge piers.

July 2, 2013
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Dear Project Stakeholder:

On Monday, crews began pouring concrete to form the north abutment of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River. Approximately 250 cubic yards of concrete were poured for the construction of the bridge abutment. On the south side of the Truckee River, drilled shaft operations continue; to date, crews have completed 20 of the 45 drilled shafts for the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Concrete paving operations also continue as crews mobilized to begin paving the southbound lanes of Sparks Boulevard.

Safety is our top priority! The project team offers the following safety tips for drivers in the work zone.

1.      Follow posted speed limits.  The speed limit is reduced to 30 MPH on Sparks Boulevard from the I-80 eastbound off-ramp south to Greg Street, and 25 MPH on Greg Street from Kleppe Way west to Franklin Street. Double penalties are enforced within the work zone.

2.      Stay Alert.  Traffic is reduced to one-lane in each direction on Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard. Please follow the directions provided by traffic control signs and any flaggers that might be in the area.

3.      Watch for construction crews and equipment. There are several operations and crews within the area. Please watch for construction workers, equipment, and vehicles entering and exiting the various work sites.

4.      Plan ahead, use alternate routes whenever possible, and always allow yourself extra time to get to your destination. Feeling rushed can often lead to poor driver decisions, putting yourself and other roadway users at risk. With a little planning and allowing extra time to reach your destination, you can reduce travel related stress and reach your destination safely.

Dear Project Stakeholder:

The project team has completed the drilled shaft operations on the north side of the Truckee River and is currently working south of the Truckee River.  To date, we have competed 17 of the 45 drilled shafts for the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River. Concrete improvements to Sparks Blvd. and Greg St. are well underway and traffic was switched to the northbound lanes of Sparks Blvd. Construction crews are also working on the access road and earthwork between Greg St. and the Truckee River.  The team recently celebrated 100 working days accident free!  We appreciate everyone’s dedication to safety.  Nobody gets hurt is our priority!

In the coming weeks, the team will be working on bridge abutments; continuing paving improvements; and drilled shaft operations.

May 28, 2013

SouthEast Connector Traffic Control Update Sparks Boulevard Traffic Switch

Traffic will be switched to the new NORTHBOUND section of roadway on Sparks Boulevard at Greg Street beginning Wednesday, May 29, 2013. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to the new right turn lane from westbound Greg Street to northbound Sparks Boulevard.   The traffic switch is needed for the project team to begin improvements on the SOUTHBOUND section of Sparks Boulevard. The project team offers the following safety tips for drivers in the workzone.

1.       Slow down.  The speed limit is reduced to 30 MPH on Sparks Blvd. from the I-80 eastbound off-ramp south to Greg St. and 25 MPH on Greg St. from Kleppe Way west to Franklin St. Double penalties are enforced in the workzone.

2.       Pay attention.  Traffic is reduced to one-lane in each direction on Greg St. and Sparks Blvd.

3.       Watch for construction crews and equipment.  Everyone’s safety is our number one priority.  We have several operations and crews in the area.

May 23, 2013

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Dear Project Stakeholder:

In honor of Memorial Day, this stakeholder update is dedicated to all of those who are serving and have served our Country.  Phase I of the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project includes the construction of Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River. When completed, the Bridge will honor the memory of service men and women.  From the entire project team, have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

 

 

Here’s an update on the project’s progress: 

• Construction crews are averaging one drilled shaft installation a day. The shafts provide the support for the Bridge.
• The project team anticipates beginning improvements on the SOUTHBOUND section of Sparks Blvd. next week. Traffic will be switched to the new NORTHBOUND section of roadway. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction.

Veterans Memorial Bridge Fast Facts

Bridge Type: Steel Girder Bridge
Length: Approximately 1,400 feet
Longest Span: 170 feet
Average Width: 116 feet (2 bridges side-by-side)
Drilled Shafts: 45
Pier Columns: 36
Pier Caps: 14
Concrete: 8,000 cubic yards

May 14, 2013

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Thank you for your patience last week during concrete paving operations on Sparks Blvd. The project team was able to save time and money by working a “marathon” paving weekend on Sparks Blvd. at Greg St. The construction was successful and the paving team will be moving to the southwest side of Greg St. this week.

The RTC is hosting a Neighborhood Meeting in Hidden Valley to share information on the current status of the project on Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Hidden Valley Elementary School. We are available to provide presentations to neighborhood, community groups and other organizations interested in learning more about the SouthEast Connector project. Please contact Michael Moreno, Public Information Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, email mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com, phone (775) 335-1869 to schedule a presentation.

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For information about the SouthEast Connector please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day.

The SEC is an important and significant regional investment in the Truckee Meadows that addresses long-term transportation needs to improve safety and mobility of people, goods, and services in the Reno/Sparks area. Once complete, the new roadway will stretch 5.5 miles from the intersection of Greg St. and Sparks Blvd. to the intersection of Veterans Pkwy and South Meadows Pkwy. The project is being built in two phases. Phase 1 is constructing the roadway from Sparks Blvd. to just south of Clean Water Way including a bridge over the Truckee River. Design for the second phase of work is currently under development and will complete the roadway from south of Clean Water Way to the South Meadows Pkwy/Veterans Pkwy intersection. Construction of the second phase is anticipated to begin in spring 2014, pending completion of the final design and obtaining the required environmental permits. Total project investment is estimated at $230 – $250 million. To learn more about the project, visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS, SouthEast Connector; the project website at www.SouthEastConnector.com or call the construction hotline at 775-398-5059.

May 8, 2013

SouthEast Connector Neighborhood Meeting

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) is hosting a Neighborhood Meeting to share information on the current status of the SouthEast Connector project and to solicit public input on a variety of potential design elements.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hidden Valley Elementary School, 2115 Alphabet Drive, Reno, Nevada

Comments regarding this project may be submitted to: Garth Oksol, P.E., Project Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV, 89502, email goksol@rtcwashoe.com,
phone (775) 332-2137, fax (775) 348-1051.

General information about the Neighborhood Meeting can be obtained from Michael Moreno, Public Information Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV, 89502, email mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com, phone (775) 335-1869, fax (775) 348-0450.

To learn more about the project, visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS, SouthEast Connector; visit the project website at www.southeastconnector.com; or call our construction hotline at (775) 398-5059.

Request a presentation: We are available to provide presentations to neighborhood, community groups and other organizations interested in learning more about the SouthEast Connector project. Contact Michael Moreno, Public Information Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, email mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com, phone (775) 335-1869 to schedule a presentation.

Pursuant to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), RTC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admissions to or participation in public meetings. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations for effective participation and communication at the meeting may contact Linda Eller, RTC at (775) 332-9519, to make known their needs and preferences. Request for accommodation must be at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. You may also contact RTC ACCESS Customer Service at (775) 348-0477 for information about paratransit transportation services.

May 1, 2013

SouthEast Connector Traffic Control Update Northbound Sparks Boulevard Closure

Northbound Sparks Boulevard will be closed from Greg Street north to I-80 beginning Friday, May 3 at 6 pm to Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6 am. Motorists are encouraged to use Vista Boulevard or McCarran Boulevard.  The closure is needed for the safety of workers and motorists during the concrete paving improvements on Sparks Boulevard for the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project. Southbound Sparks Boulevard will remain open.

What: Northbound Sparks Boulevard closed from Greg Street to I-80

When: Friday, May 3 at 6 pm to Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6 am

Why: The work zone is very confined and the closure is needed for the safety of workers and motorists. Southbound Sparks Boulevard will remain open.

For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com.
Responses will be returned by the next business day.

April 25, 2013

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The RTC SouthEast Connector project team achieved a major milestone this week.  The team successfully drilled the first shaft for the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River and set one of the massive rebar cages. The operation included using two cranes to lift the rebar cage into the shaft. This is the first of 45 drilled shafts for the Veterans Memorial Bridge and is seven feet in diameter and 117 feet long.

RTC and Kiewit Western Co. hosted 24 UNR students on site to see first-hand the construction operations. After a brief project overview and safety meeting,  students were divided into three groups and rotated through three construction stations.  Stations included concrete paving operations on Sparks Blvd. at Greg St.; earthwork and drainage basin preparation south of the Truckee River; and drilled shaft operations for the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Truckee River.

This week the team is working on placing new concrete pavement on northbound Sparks Blvd. We will be using the innovative Leica system resulting in cost and time savings.  Leica is the world´s-first 3D paving control system and replaces typical stringlines completely. Leica total stations precisely track the machine´s position and elevation.

Thank you for your continued partnership.  Have a safe day!

 

April 16, 2013

Dear Project Stakeholder:

Significant progress on the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project has been made this week, primarily with the recent mobilization of heavy equipment including a drill rig and a massive crane. The construction team is preparing for the drilled shaft operations, anticipated to begin this month.  There are 45 drilled shafts for the Veterans Memorial Bridge measuring between seven to nine feet in diameter and more than 100 feet long over the Truckee River.  The rebar cages supporting the shafts weigh between 30 and 45 tons depending on their diameter. Phase 1 of the SouthEast Connector Project is on schedule.

This week is also Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.  Since the start of project, the SouthEast Connector Project Team has worked 14,520 man hours through April 13 (56 days) without an injury! Safety is our number one priority.  Nobody gets hurt!

Thank you for your continued partnership.  Have a safe day!

April 01, 2013

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Dear Project Stakeholder:

The RTC hosted a Public Information Meeting last Thursday.  Thank you to everyone who participated. We sincerely appreciate your time and involvement on this project.  We received valuable comments and look forward to partnering with you as the project progresses.  The meeting focused on the second phase of the project with the recent completion of 30 percent design plans.  Click here for meeting information.  Some files are very large, and may require some time to download.

This week in construction the team is working on drainage improvements on Greg St. and Sparks Blvd. and preparing for concrete paving operations.  You may start to see new heavy equipment in the work zone.  The project team continues to work on drainage basins and access roads on the south side of the Truckee River.

Thank you for your continued partnership on this project.  Have a safe day!

We appreciate your comments and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day.

March 25, 2013

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Construction is well underway on the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Truckee River Bridge! The construction team continues to work on improvements at Sparks Boulevard and Greg Street.  The team improved traffic control operations at the intersection with additional signage and revised stop bar locations resulting in safer truck turning movements.

Safety is the number one priority for the project team. Because of upcoming construction activity and heavy equipment operations, a portion of the bicycle and pedestrian trail within the project limits is closed.

Please join us for a Public Information Open House on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel, located at 1981 Terminal Way in Reno, Nevada. There will be a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A and comment period.

Thank you for your continued partnership on this project.  Have a safe day!

We appreciate your comments and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day.

March 20, 2013

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE TRAIL CLOSURES

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Beginning today, Wednesday, March 20 the pedestrian and bicycle trail along the Truckee River from Spice Island Drive at Cottonwood Park east to Larkin Circle will be closed. The path on Sparks Blvd. from Big Fish Dr. (Legends Mall) south to Greg St. will also be closed. Users will need to use an alternate route. The Truckee River path will remain closed until mid-Summer 2013. Attached is a map of the closure.

The closure is needed for the safety of motorists and construction crews as work continues on the RTC’s SouthEast Connector Project. Construction crews will be working with heavy equipment in the area to build the Truckee River Bridge.

For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day. Additional project information is available at www.SouthEastConnector.com.

Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to working with you on this project!

Sincerely,
The Project Team

March 13, 2013

TRANSPORTATION NOTICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE

PURPOSE OF MEETING: The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) is hosting a Public Information Open House to share information on the current status of the SouthEast Connector project and to solicit public input on a variety of potential design elements.

WHEN AND WHERE: The Public Information Open House will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel, 1981 Terminal Way in Reno, Nevada. There will be a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

WHY: The SouthEast Connector project is an important investment in the Truckee Meadows that addresses long-term transportation needs to improve safety and mobility of people, goods, and services throughout northern Nevada. The project is an ongoing effort between the RTC, partner agencies, and the community. Once complete, the new roadway will stretch 5.5 miles from the intersection of Greg St. and Sparks Blvd. to the intersection of Veterans Pkwy. and South Meadows Pkwy. The project is being built in two phases. Phase 1, currently underway, is constructing the roadway from Sparks Blvd. to just south of Clean Water Way including a bridge over the Truckee River. Design for the second phase of work is currently under development and will complete the roadway from south of Clean Water Way to the South Meadows Pkwy./Veterans Pkwy. intersection. Construction of the second phase is anticipated to begin in spring 2014, pending completion of the final design and obtaining the required environmental permits.

WHERE YOU COME IN: You are invited to attend the Public Information Open House at your convenience anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by a question and answer period. Project representatives will be available to discuss the project, potential design elements, answer any questions, and listen to ideas. You will have an opportunity to submit comments in writing on a comment sheet provided at the meeting.

Comments regarding this project may also be submitted to: Garth Oksol, P.E., Project Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV, 89502, phone (775) 332-2137, fax (775) 348-1051, email goksol@rtcwashoe.com.

General information about the Public Open House can be obtained from Michael Moreno, Public Information Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 108, Reno, NV, 89502, phone (775) 335-1869, fax (775) 348-0170, email mmoreno@rtcwashoe.com.  To learn more about the project, visit www.rtcwashoe.com and click on HOT TOPICS, SouthEast Connector; visit the project website at www.SouthEastConnector.com; or call our construction hotline at 775-398-5059.

Pursuant to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), RTC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admissions to or participation in public meetings. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations for effective participation and communication at the meeting may contact Linda Eller, RTC at (775) 332-9519, to make known their needs and preferences. Request for accommodation must be at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. You may also contact RTC ACCESS Customer Service at (775) 348-0477 for information about paratransit transportation services.

March 08, 2013

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Thank you for your patience and support during the last week. Traffic control is in place on Greg St. and Sparks Blvd. and improvements to the intersection are underway!  Below are safety tips to assist you during construction.  Next week the project team will begin pavement removals and drainage improvements. Thank you for your partnership and have a safe day!

1.       Slow down.  The speed limit is reduced to 30 MPH on Sparks Blvd. from the I-80 eastbound off-ramp south to Greg St. and 25 MPH on Greg St. from Kleppe Way west to Franklin St. Double penalties are enforced in the workzone.

2.       Pay attention.  Traffic is reduced to one-lane in each direction on Greg St. and Sparks Blvd.

3.       Watch for construction crews and equipment.  Everyone’s safety is our number priority.  We have several operations and crews in the area.

We appreciate your comments and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day.  Additional project information is available at www.SouthEastConnector.com.

SouthEast Connector Traffic Control Update

March 01, 2013

map-smRENO, Nev.—The RTC and Kiewit Construction have revised traffic control operations for the SouthEast Connector Project scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Original plans called for the closure of Sparks Blvd. at Greg St. for approximately five months while the intersection was improved to accommodate traffic. The project team met with several businesses in the area and after receiving additional input developed a new plan to construct improvements while maintaining one-lane in each direction on Greg St. and Sparks Blvd. This operation will increase the traffic control duration, but will provide access to Greg Street from Sparks Blvd.

“The decision was made to modify our schedule to accommodate complete access to businesses,” said Garth Oksol, PE, Project Manager. “We will continue to reach out to businesses and the community throughout the project”

Motorists can expect to see lane reductions on Greg Street and Sparks Blvd.

For more information please contact the project office at 775-398-5059 or e-mail info@SouthEastConnector.com. Responses will be returned by the next business day. Additional project information is available at www.SouthEastConnector.com.

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The $215 million SouthEast Connector Project is the RTC’s largest local public works project and includes building a regional road from the intersection of Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard south to South Meadows Parkway and Veterans Parkway. The first phase of construction builds the bridge over the Truckee River from Sparks Boulevard to just south of Clean Water Way and is currently under construction. The next phase will build the new roadway from Clean Water Way south to Veterans Parkway. This phase – approximately 4.5 miles – is still under development, which involves obtaining environmental permits and the design of the roadway facilities. This is the RTC’s first Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project and resulted in approximately $6 million in value engineering benefits on the first phase. SouthEast Connector provides a significant economic investment in our community and will create immediate jobs during construction in addition to long-term future opportunities. Kiewit Construction is the contractor for the first phase of the project. The project is expected to be complete by 2016.