Cortez Masto and Rosen Announce Over $88 Million for Washoe County Transportation Improvements

September 09, 2022

washington d.c. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Washoe County $88,917,130 for lanes additional for US-395, as well as improvements. at North Virginia Street. This funding was made available following the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which the two senators worked to pass.

“This grant for Washoe County is great news for Reno and surrounding areas, and it will help people across the community get where they need to go more easily and safely,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I am thrilled that people in Northern Nevada have more transportation options, improved access, and smarter transportation technology, and I will continue to work to make sure our transportation network works for everyone in the silver state.”

“Ensuring Nevadans have accessible and reliable roads is critical to the safety and success of our communities,” said Senator Rosen. “I am thrilled to announce that Washoe County will receive $88 million to update and modernize its roads, speed up travel times and increase pedestrian and bicycle access. This funding will be transformative for the local economy and communities across the county.

“I am thrilled to see that nearly $89 million in federal grants will be directed to Washoe County to add critical capacity to US 395, improve lighting, install advanced traffic safety technology and make multimodal improvements to North Virginia Street. , like new sidewalks, protected bike lanes and improved transit stops,” said Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director Kristina Swallow. “Thank you to our federal delegation and local partners for supporting NDOT in our efforts to keep motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users safe and connected.

This funding supports a project in Washoe County with two components. The first will add two lanes along approximately three miles of US-395, as well as better traffic control, interchange lighting upgrades, noise walls and elements of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS ). The second will modify a separate 2.5-mile stretch of North Virginia Street with additional sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, shared-use pathways, crosswalks with fast-flashing rectangular beacons, and improved transit stops .

In addition to fighting and supporting the vital bipartisan infrastructure law, Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen have worked throughout their Senate tenure to improve transportation in Nevada, increase safety, promote sustainable economic development, and help Nevadans and visitors to get where they need to be. go. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen wrote a letter to DOT Secretary Buttigieg supporting the funding, as did Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-2).

As part of her State Initiative for Innovation, Senator Cortez Masto has worked to improve transportation throughout the state. She secured several transportation provisions in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to help Nevada communities further improve their roads and bridges, plan and build electric vehicle infrastructure, make transportation to school more safe for students and to support smart cities that use technology to solve transportation problems. challenges.

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