RTC updates progress of SouthEast Connector

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The SouthEast Connector Project is nearing completion. The Alexander Lake Road Bridge is one of the final steps to finishing the 5.5-mile project, which spans from Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard to Veterans Parkway and South Meadows Parkway.

"Once we get this bridge, then that will allow us to pave the roadway up to that bridge and we'll be able to open this project up to the traveling public," Garth Oksol, project manager, says.

Construction for the connector began in January 2012 and was supposed to be completed in the spring of 2018, but 2017 flooding caused a setback.

"You know a lot of that is going to be dependent on the weather," Oksol says. "You know, dry weather helps us out."

The final project will have three lanes in both directions, a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit and two traffic signals. Oksol says it's going to help alleviate traffic on a lot of roads.

Oksol says the project will be able to handle traffic until the year 2035.

"We do have some room for future growth that our community may experience," he says.

Completion is now estimated in summer 2018.