The bipartisan infrastructure law that was referenced in the State of the Union, was actually signed just over a year ago.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, the law increases a lot of the existing federal transportation funding that Nevada already receives in about 20 to 30%.
"It really does help provide a stable five-year source of federal transportation funding so that we can better plan projects here in the Truckee Meadows area." says DOT information officer Meg Ragonese.
Some of that funding will be used for widening of southbound US-395 in the North Valleys and it could even be used for widening of Pyramid Highway from Queen Way to Los Altos Parkway.
Ragonese adds that the NDOT prioritizes projects on six goal-based areas. "Those goals really are aimed at keeping our communities and economic development safe and connected. So we prioritize through the six goal areas of what we call the one Nevada plan. And those goal areas were established with public and stakeholder participation to really identify those top critical goals within the transportation system that are shared by us as transportation engineers and operators along with our fellow Nevadans."
NDOT aims to prioritize transportation projects with the ability to transform economies by providing a robust and reliable transportation system.
According to NDOT, one example is that part of the infrastructure law funding will go to Interstate 80 improvements west of Reno which is a critical corridor that welcomes in a lot of tourists from the California area along with freight into our greater Truckee Meadows economy and region. That project will be funded in part by the bipartisan infrastructure law and will help improve drainage barrier rails, landscape and aesthetics to provide a safer, more inviting interstate system connecting us to the other economies and tourist bases in California.
The Department of Transportation says even with the funding, Nevada still faces a roughly $530 million annual deficit for transportation and that the money will help keep the state mobile not just for the years to come, but for decades to come.