Extension of USA Parkway Opened September 8
The Nevada Department of Transportation opened the approximately 12-mile extension linking Interstate 80 and U.S. 50 to traffic on Friday, September 8, three months ahead of schedule.
Motorists are reminded to drive attentively and anticipate minor lane and traffic pattern changes across the area as the new stretch of road opens. Periodic, minor roadside shoulder and lane closures will take place on the Parkway for finishing construction.
Dubbed Infinity Highway by Governor Brian Sandoval, the new roadway extends the previous six-mile-long USA Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 at Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. Known as State Route 439, the new roadway will further link the greater Reno/Sparks area with the U.S. 50 corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuter, freight and other traffic. The road will also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures. The project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.
The $75.9 million project by design-build contractor Ames Construction to extend the parkway began in June 2016 and was originally scheduled for completion in December 2017.
Recent Project Information
During an August 28 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Governor Brian Sandoval unveiled the honorary name of Infinity Highway for the road. Major earthwork to create a pathway for the future road included:
Excavation – two million cubic yards of earth excavated for the new roadway
Aggregate Roadway Base – 500,000 tons of aggregate used to provide the base of the roadway
Asphalt – 566,000 square yards of hot mix asphalt paving installed, enough to cover 88 professional football fields
Storm Drains – 12,000 linear feet of 18 to 60-inch diameter storm drain installed
Fencing– 165,000 linear feet, or approximately 31 miles, of wildlife fencing installed
Fiber Optic Conduit – 482,534 linear feet, or approximately 91 miles, of fiber optic conduit installed