Finally finished: Pyramid McCarran Intersection Project

SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) After more than one and a half years, construction of the Pyramid Way and McCarran Intersection Project is complete. Planning began in 2005 and construction began in April 2016. Residents are relieved to see the orange cones gone.

"They're glad the traffic is flowing smoother," Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director, says. "They're glad and they're feeling safer when they're out walking or riding their bikes."

Gibson says adding the turning lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes and landscaping all came from community input.

"What you're really seeing today is a lot of cumulative sum of a lot of creative ideas," Gibson says.

The $73 million project is alleviating traffic for the more than 60,000 drivers who commute through the intersection each day.

Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung has lived in the area for 30 years.

"I drive through this intersection every day," Hartung says. "What a huge improvement."

Hartung says there was some resistance during construction but the result is worth it.

"It's really helped to get people in and out of the Spanish Springs area," he says.