USA Parkway extension to open soon

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STOREY COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) -- 20 minutes in savings, but millions of dollars in economic boost. When the extension of USA Parkway opens next week, it will connect I-80 and Highway 50.

"This highway symbolizes the resiliency of the Silver State and its unmatched ability to redefine itself," said Governor Brian Sandoval during Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Symbolically called the "Infinity Highway,” the 12-mile extension of USA Parkway allows the business park to be accessed from the south.

"You don't have to go through Reno and I-80 to get here if you are employed out here. You can come the back way now," said Rudy Malfabon, Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

From Carson City, the new route equates to a 20-minute time savings. From Silver Springs, Dayton or Yerington, even more time is saved.

"I don't know the exact minutes, but it is definitely a lot more direct connection," said Malfabon.

The project is about a lot more than just time savings. With its completion comes the announcement of new interest in the business park. Tahoe Reno Industrial Center Owner Lance Gilman says a nano-technology research firm may soon move in.

"The Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center is proud to have been selected as the preferred site for this exciting transformational product," says Gilman.

The road will bring more than just new businesses. Lyon County Manager Jeff Page says a large population boost is also expected.

"We have been told anywhere from 8-11,000 people in the next 10-15 years," said Page. "We're looking at where do we put people? Where do we put the workforce to build this area?"