The board of trustees for the Regional Transportation Commission on Friday approved a measure to pay for the design and relocation of nine holes at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course so the roadway can be built. Michael Moreno, RTC community relations, said RTC will pay the city of Reno $6 million in a deal to the design and reconfigure the golf course.
“The SouthEast Connector (SEC) will be a six-lane arterial roadway with two new at-grade signalized intersections,” the RTC website states. “The new intersections will be at Mira Loma Drive and Pembroke Drive. The SEC will originate at the existing intersection of South Meadows Parkway and Veterans Parkway on the south end and will terminate at the existing intersection of Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard on the north end.”
The roadway has been planned for more than 35 years to better serve the southeast portion of the Truckee Meadows with roadways.
“If we had that road today, the congestion on I-80 wouldn’t be as bad,” said Ron Smith, RTC board chairman.
The project includes a 1,300-foot-long bridge, which Smith said he is hoping RTC can get started on in the spring or summer of 2012.
“This project has the opportunity to create thousands of jobs,” Moreno said, something sorely needed in today’s economy.
Funding for the
southeast connector is coming from RTC-5 tax dollars.
In 2008, RTC-5 was implemented to allow the RTC to obtain necessary additional funding for transportation projects by indexing fuel tax rates according to changes in the producer price index, rather than the consumer price index.