SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) invites you to celebrate the completion of the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project.
The event will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Lenwood Drive and Sprout Way in Sparks, near the northeast corner of the Pyramid/McCarran intersection.
The Pyramid/McCarran intersection will remain open during the event, and traffic is not expected to be affected. Event parking will be available on Nelson Way and Gault Way. Enter from York Way or 4th Street.
“RTC has transformed Sparks’ busiest intersection into Sparks’ best intersection months ahead of schedule,” said RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson. “I’m proud of the work our project team has done to make this intersection safer, reduce traffic congestion, and improve our air quality.”
This project represents a $73 million investment in the community made possible with federal dollars and RTC-5 fuel tax funding. More than 60,000 vehicles travel through this busy intersection each day, according to RTC.
Planning for the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project began in 2005. The RTC held public meetings and open houses to seek community input about improvements needed for the design of a new intersection. That community input resulted in the design and the scope of the proposed intersection improvements that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians see as they pass through that intersection.
One new lane in each direction has been added to Pyramid Way and dedicated turning lanes have been added to Pyramid and McCarran. The project includes sidewalks for pedestrians and features a paved multi-use path that parallels Pyramid on the eastern side. Providing separate spaces for vehicles and pedestrians has been shown to enhance safety, according to RTC. Additionally, trees have been added near the path, designed to beautify the neighborhood. Privacy screens with a decorative design, selected by the community, have been installed.
The RTC also moved overhead utilities underground, eliminating visual clutter and opening up mountain vistas.
With the new traffic configuration, signal retiming continues. RTC engineers are studying the new traffic patterns and driver behavior at the intersection and surrounding areas, and using the data to continue to optimize signal-timing operations.
Additionally, RTC says the project has resulted in an improved, safer configuration of the intersection at Pyramid and Farr Lane (formerly part of Queen Way), moving traffic more efficiently, and reducing congestion and vehicle emissions.