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RENO – At the grand opening of the new SouthEast Connector roadway in Northern Nevada, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today applauded Nevadans for their hard work to make the new parkway a reality. Heller, who helped resolve permitting issues with the project, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. 

Sen. Heller addresses Nevadans and local leaders during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Specifically, the long-awaited SouthEast Connector is a 5.5 mile parkway that includes a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists and connects south Reno and Sparks, NV. In addition to enhancing pedestrian safety and reducing traffic, the new roadway is designed to be passable in a 117-year flood event. Construction on the project started in 2012, and is responsible for creating 120 direct jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs.

“First and foremost, this roadway is a reality because of our citizens,” said Heller. “The SouthEast Connector addresses long-term transportation needs in this community, and will improve the mobility of people, goods, and services throughout Reno, Sparks, and areas throughout Washoe County. It will help travelers, relieve traffic congestion, and give commuters a faster and more efficient way to get to work. The Connector will provide easier access to jobs, businesses, and recreation. I think we can all agree that we’re just getting started, and I look forward to continuing our great partnership to make sure that Washoe County has the resources it needs to support – and see to completion – transportation projects like this one.”

Heller’s office stepped in to help resolve permitting issues for the project. The office coordinated with a number of federal agencies to make sure the appropriate permits were secured, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other partners at the federal, state and local levels. 

Sen. Heller joins local Washoe County officials during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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