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NDOT To Host Public Meeting on Future Spaghetti Bowl/Interstate Improvements

NDOT will host a public hearing on Dec. 12 to gather public feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement outlining proposed improvements to the Reno-Sparks Spaghetti Bowl and metro interstates

Post Date:11/28/2018 2:55 PM

A time lapse photo of vehicles near the Reno Spagetti BowlCARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Transportation will host a public hearing on Dec. 12 to gather public feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement outlining proposed improvements to the Reno-Sparks Spaghetti Bowl and metro interstates.

As part of fast-tracking future major improvements to the Spaghetti Bowl and neighboring interstates, NDOT hosted a series of public meetings in 2017 to gather public input on conceptual alternatives for enhancing traffic safety and mobility. Extensive technical evaluations also took place, studying potential project-related impacts to neighborhoods, businesses, parks and other nearby resources per National Environmental Policy Act requirements. The feedback and research has been compiled into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement document for public review and comment. The document recommends interstate improvements aimed at enhancing traffic safety and mobility:

  • Construct higher-speed, direct-connect Spaghetti Bowl ramps
  • Add additional interstate lanes in certain areas
  • Reduce merging and weaving at interstate interchanges near the Spaghetti Bowl with ramp improvements
  • Interstate shoulder, landscape and aesthetics and other enhancements

Without the proposed future improvements, population growth is anticipated to lead to travel time increases of as much as 1,138 percent through certain sections of the Spaghetti Bowl.

“The Reno-Sparks population has more than tripled since the Spaghetti Bowl was first constructed back in the 1970s,” NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “Working alongside the community and our partners at the Federal Highway Administration and Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, we are fast-tracking major future improvements to keep the community safe and connected for decades to come. With finalization of the Environmental Impact Statement, the interstate improvements can be designed and built in phases over subsequent years with the first phase tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2020.”

The public hearing will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, room A-3,  located at 4590 South Virginia St. in Reno. The public is invited to attend the open-format meeting at any time between 3 and 7:30 p.m. to learn more and provide comments. Two informational presentations, both with the same information, will be held at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Public comment can also be made by Jan. 15, 2019 by e-mail at dkeller@dot.nv.gov or by mail to Dale Keller, NDOT project manager, at 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV., 89712. Further information is available at (775) 622-5555 or by visiting ndotspaghettibowl.com.
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