The USA Parkway extension is scheduled to be open to traffic two years earlier than expected, possibly attracting an estimated 16,000 workers to the area, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.
The $75.9 million project will extend the roadway by more than 12 miles through Storey and Lyon counties and connect Interstate 80 to U.S. 50, NDOT officials said.
That means it will link the greater Reno-Sparks area with the U.S. 50 corridor in Silver Springs, which could attract more people, businesses and commerce to the Tahoe Regional Industrial Center. It could also help improve the economy, especially in Lyon County, Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday.
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“It’s going to allow for one of our hardest hit counties in our state (and) for people there to get jobs at Tesla and at all the other companies that are coming here,” Sandoval said. “It’s a remarkable moment for us, and it’s going to allow us to bring even more great companies to our state.”