Past Activities

RTC Hosts the DEIS Public Hearings
RTC Hosts Open House in Spanish Springs
RTC Hosts Sun Valley Neighborhood Meeting
RTC Hosts Sun Valley Community Workshop
Screening The Solutions - January 2010 Update
Conceptual Alignment Renderings Available for Review
RTC Hosts Public Open House, March/April 2009
RTC First Public Open House, April 2008

DEIS Notice of Availability and Public Hearings held

On September 13, 2013 the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was made available to the public for review and comment. There was a thirty (30) day comment period that followed as well as two public hearings (October 9, 2013 at Truckee Meadows Community College and on October 10, 2013 at Shaw Middle School). The same information was provided at each public hearing. The purpose of the hearings was to present the alternatives and environmental impacts described in the DEIS and to obtain public input to help guide FHWAs selection of a preferred alternative.

RTC Hosts Open House in Spanish Springs

On June 13, 2012, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) hosted an Open House at Shaw Middle School in Spanish Springs. The purpose of the meeting was to provide Spanish Springs residents and business owners with additional information regarding the potential freeway alignments and interchange alternatives being considered. RTC staff and the project's designers were available to answer questions and receive comments. Representatives from NDOTs Right of Way Division were also on hand to provide general information on the property acquisition and relocation services associated with federally funded public transportation projects. A presentation by the project team was given on the study status and the alternatives being studied.

Click here to view a summary of the Open House

RTC Hosts Sun Valley Neighborhood Meeting

On January 31, 2012, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) hosted a Neighborhood Meeting at the Truckee Meadows Community College. The purpose of the meeting was to share information with the residents and businesses in Sun Valley located in the general vicinity of the proposed US 395 Connector that is included in the Pyramid Highway/U.S. 395 Connection Environmental Impact Study. A presentation by the RTC and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) was given that included general information pertaining to property acquisition and relocation services associated with federally funded public transportation projects.

Click here to view a summary of the meeting.

RTC Hosts Sun Valley Community Workshop

On January 19, 2011, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) hosted a Community Workshop in Sun Valley, Nevada. The workshop provided residents, business owners and community leaders the opportunity to review and provide input on the alternative solutions including alternative connector alignments and potential interchange locations currently under consideration within Sun Valley for the Pyramid Highway/U.S. 395 Connection Environmental Impact Study.

The meeting was attended by more than a hundred people who learned more about the project's potential impacts and benefits to the Sun Valley Community. During the workshop, the RTC received valuable input from the public regarding the community's needs and concerns pertaining to the information discussed, the alternatives presented and the study in general.

The RTC is very appreciative of the participation and feedback provided at the workshop on this important regional project. The RTC welcomes continued public input as the study progresses

Click here to view a summary of the meeting.

* Alternatives depicted on workshop materials are conceptual and may change based on more detailed engineering and analysis.

Screening The Solutions - January 2010 Update

The Pyramid/US 395 Connection Environmental Impact Study is progressing in the evaluation and screening of alternatives in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Study Team implemented a structured Screening Process to equitably assess the effectiveness of the improvement concepts as to how they meet the objectives of the Purpose and Need that was developed at the beginning of the study. Several levels of screening have taken place to reduce approximately 25 concepts down to just a few that will undergo further study. Over the past year, the Study Team, along with input from the public and the RTC Technical Advisory Committee, has studied and evaluated these concepts, resulting in the determination of a handful of concepts that meet the objectives and could, if approved, be designed and constructed. Read more...

Conceptual Alignment Renderings Available for Review

Conceptual alignment renderings are now available for review and comment. These renderings are provided as an overview of the concepts being studied as part of the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection study. The renderings display potential solutions to relieve traffic congestion and provide improved east/west connectivity within the study area and to determine the footprint for the initial environmental field studies which will begin in December 2009. More detailed engineering will follow the findings of the environmental field studies and additional traffic analysis which will take place through early 2010.

Comments and questions regarding the conceptual renderings may be directed to dmaloy@rtcwashoe.com

Pyramid Freeway Concept rendering includes:

The New Connector from US 395 to Vista Boulevard rendering includes:

The alternatives analysis process has been designed to identify those alternatives that best satisfy the study's Purpose and Need and warrant additional study, while eliminating under-performing alternatives. For this study, the process has been broken down into three (3) screening levels. Those alternatives that remain at the end of each consecutive level undergo increasingly rigorous analysis to determine which alternative(s) best suit the Purpose and Need identified at the beginning of the study while minimizing environmental impacts. The end result will be a preferred alternative(s) which will be thoroughly evaluated for environmental impacts and possible mitigation measures. The preferred alternative(s), its impacts, and associated mitigation measures will then be described in detail within the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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RTC Hosts Public Open House

On March 4, 2009 and April 29, 2009, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) held public information open houses in Spanish Springs and Sun Valley, respectively, to provide the public with an update on the study's progress, obtain public input, and answer questions regarding the study.

The meetings were well attended and provided community members with an opportunity to review the potential corridor improvements being studied. The public was also encouraged to provide feedback on the alternative corridor improvement concepts and the RTC findings and recommendations for alternatives that warrant further analysis.

*Level 2A Alternatives depicted on open house materials provided are conceptual and may change based on more detailed engineering and analysis.


RTC First Public Open House, April 2008

On April 15, 2008 the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) held a public meeting to kick-off the Pyramid Highway/US 395 Connection Study. Representatives from the RTC, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the consultant team, and various other local agencies were on-hand to discuss the project one-on-one with attendees and provide general information about the project via a formal presentation. Community members also had the opportunity to provide formal comments and have their questions answered. The kick-off to this important regional project was a success with over 100 community members, local officials, and agency representatives in attendance.

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