March 23, 2018

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SouthEast Connector Project Designed for Flood Mitigation

Dear Stakeholder:

The SouthEast Connector Project does not prevent flooding; however, it is designed to hold flood waters. Throughout the project’s length, flood volume mitigation basins have been excavated to offset the elevation of the roadway so that in the occurrence of a flood, the basins will be able to hold and transport the excess water. By allowing water to expand over the flood plain in the mitigation basins, it helps prevent flooding in other parts of the community.

Additionally, the seven bridges along with over 100 equalizing culverts throughout the project will also help balance the floodplain and protect the nearby communities. The Truckee River Flood Management Authority has reviewed the project flood model and has concurred the RTC’s approach complies with the local flood ordinances.

Once the project is completed, the SouthEast Connector roadway (Veterans Parkway) will be passable in a 117-year flood event similar to what the region experienced in 1997 which was a 100-year flood event.

The project team has been preparing for this week’s Pineapple Express atmospheric storm since early Monday. Granite Construction has moved all equipment and supplies up onto the roadway embankment to prevent debris from occurring, and environmental engineers have been continuously inspecting and maintaining BMPs. The team is also monitoring the water flow to ensure it is draining as designed.

Diagram representing the flood mitigation design of the project compared to the January 2017 flood event.

Watch “The Road Ahead”

Watch the latest “The Road Ahead with RTC” segment with KOLO 8 News Now TV for information on the work that needs to be completed as part of the SouthEast Connector’s homestretch to completion. “Road Ahead” segments are also available on the project website HERE.

Mira Loma Closure Begins this Weekend

A portion of Mira Loma Dr. will be closed for seven weeks beginning this Saturday, March 24 as crews begin full construction of the new intersection. During this time, all traffic will be detoured to Pembroke Dr.

The project team would like to remind drivers using the detour to be safe and respectful of the speed limits through the Hidden Valley neighborhood and to watch for children playing.

Current construction operations on Mira Loma Dr. Traffic switched to the new northbound alignment.

 For more information please call the project hotline at (775) 789-9832 or email  For additional information and to sign-up to receive updates visit

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