Pyramid Highway (State Route 445) is the most heavily traveled road in the Reno-Sparks area, carrying nearly 50,000 vehicles per day. Crash rates in the area exceed statewide averages, and local access and connectivity need improvement. In addition, the project corridor currently has minimal accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other project partners, initiated an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which culminated in a Record of Decision in June 2018. For additional EIS information, click here: 


The design stage for Phase 1 includes the following elements: 


  • Widening 1.6 miles from Queen Way to Los Altos Parkway from four to six lanes 

  • Reconstructing 0.75 mile of four-lane roadway from Los Altos Parkway to Golden View Drive 

  • Installing smart traffic signals, bicycle lanes, sidewalk, shared-use path, screening/sound walls and enhanced drainage infrastructure