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Airport to Retain Connector-Ramp as Part of Spaghetti Bowl Project

By Bob Conrad
Reno-Tahoe Airport CEO Marily Mora. Image: Ty O'Neil.
Reno-Tahoe Airport CEO Marily Mora. Image: Ty O’Neil.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport announced today that the southbound off-ramp from Interstate 580 into the airport will be retained as part of the state’s plans to improve traffic on the spaghetti bowl.

“Eighty-five percent of the public comment received on the Spaghetti Bowl Project sought the inclusion of the Interstate 580 southbound freeway access ramp to RNO,” said Marily Mora, airport CEO. “We truly appreciate our community, tenants, and public officials making their voices heard and for Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) working with us in a spirit of partnership to save the ramp.”

The airport last year protested plans that would have removed the off-ramp, and the Airport Authority Board of Trustees is anticipated to approve a resolution supporting NDOT’s “inclusion of the preferred alternative option to retain the I-580 southbound direct connector ramp to the (airport).”

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A press conference is scheduled tomorrow for 10 a.m. where NDOT and airport officials will formally announce the news.

“With the Reno-Sparks population anticipated to increase 27 percent by 2040, interstate travel delays are projected to jump 53 percent if no improvements are made,” airport officials wrote in a press release. “But, with NDOT plans to reconstruct the Spaghetti Bowl, add additional interstate lanes, and enhance 16 interchanges on more than 12 miles of metro interstate, interstate trip times are projected to be faster in 2040 than today.”

Construction on the multi-phase project is scheduled to begin in early 2020 and completion is not expected until 2021.



CORRECTION: This article originally reported the ramp as being an on-ramp. It is actually the southbound off-ramp, or connector ramp, into the airport.


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