September 09, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $88M for Transportation Upgrades in Washoe County

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) awarded $88,917,130 to Washoe County for additional lanes for US-395, as well as improvements to North Virginia Street. This funding was made available as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which both Senators worked to pass.

“This grant funding for Washoe County is great news for Reno and the surrounding areas, and it’s going to help people all over the community get where they need to go more safely and easily,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m excited that Northern Nevadans will have more transportation options, improved access, and smarter transportation technology, and I will continue working to make sure our transportation network works for everyone in the Silver State.”

“Making sure Nevadans have accessible and reliable roadways is crucial to the safety and success of our communities,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m thrilled to announce that Washoe County will receive $88 million to update and modernize its roads, speed up commute times, and increase pedestrian and bike access. This funding will be transformative for the local economy and communities throughout the county.”

“I’m excited to see that nearly $89 million in federal grant funds will be headed to Washoe County to add critical capacity to US 395, improve lighting, install cutting-edge traffic safety technology, as well as make multimodal improvements to North Virginia Street, such as new sidewalks, protected bike lanes, and upgraded 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, along with improved traffic control, interchange lighting upgrades, sound walls, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) elements. The second will modify a separate 2.5-mile stretch of North Virginia Street with added sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, shared-use paths, pedestrian crossings with rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and improved transit stops.

In addition to fighting for and supporting the vital Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen have worked throughout their time in the Senate to improve transportation in Nevada, increase safety, promote sustainable economic development, and help Nevadans and visitors alike get where they need to go. Both Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen wrote a letter to DOT Secretary Buttigieg in support of this funding, as did Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-2).

As part of her Innovation State Initiative, Senator Cortez Masto has worked to improve transportation all over the state. She secured multiple transportation provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help Nevada communities make even more improvements to their roads and bridges, plan for and build electric vehicle infrastructure, make transit to school safer for students, and support smart cities that use technology to solve transportation challenges.