USA Parkway Update

Good Morning from Silver Springs,

The following is a press release copied directly from the Nevada DOT website. I hope that this will help to both dispel rumors and reassure doubters. Tesla fever has infected many of us out here in Lyon County with good reason. The combination of projects such as Tesla’s battery factory, the USA Parkway completion, and others stand to be the salvation to our local economy that many of us have been hoping for. I, for one, am looking forward to what I see to be a bright future.




Date Published: 1/11/2016

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Nevada State Transportation Board Names Ames Construction As Contractor for USA Parkway Extension Project

Story Text:

     CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada State Board of Transportation today approved Ames Construction, Inc. as the contractor to construct the USA Parkway extension connecting Interstate 80 and U.S. 50 in Storey and Lyon counties.

The Nevada Department of Transportation presented the contractor recommendation to the State Transportation Board last month, with the board’s final review and approval of a contract scheduled at today’s board meeting.

Ames Construction was determined to be the best value proposer following a review of both the technical and price proposals submitted by four short-listed proposers. The company proposed the lowest price of approximately $75.9 million, two million lower than the next runner-up, and the second lowest technical score. Ames Construction also proposed a construction schedule of 606 working days, approximately a month shorter than the next shortest timeframe and months prior to original engineering estimates.

“USA Parkway will continue our ongoing efforts and progress in building the necessary infrastructure for the New Nevada economy,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “USA Parkway will provide a necessary corridor that will open up Western Nevada to area development and growth and will help ease congestion for both commercial and commuter traffic.”

“We’re dedicated to providing a transportation system that keeps Nevadans safe and connected,” explained NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “Ames’ proposal not only completes the project in a quicker timeframe, but at a lesser cost.”

With offices in Carlin, Nevada, as well as California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Minnesota, Ames is a leading heavy civil contractor with over $4 billion in design-build projects delivered nationally in the last decade. The company has been performing highway construction work since the early 1970s.

Originally slated for completion in 2019, the USA Parkway extension is being fast-tracked using the design-build method of construction. Design-build construction brings the final design and construction of a project together in one construction contract, often providing enhanced project innovation, collaboration and value. Project construction will begin in early 2016, with the parkway scheduled to open to traffic by late 2017.

The USA Parkway was originally a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting Interstate 80 to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks. The project will extend the Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 near Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. The new roadway will further link the greater Reno/Sparks and Fernley/Fallon areas with the U.S. 50 Silver Springs corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuter, freight and other traffic. The road will also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures. The project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80. Project information is available at or by dialing (775) 888-7000.