The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, in coordination with the City of Reno and Washoe County, is moving forward with improvements to Lemmon Drive to increase capacity, improve safety and provide multimodal transportation choices.
SEGMENT 1 will widen Lemmon Drive from 4 lanes to 6 from Sky Vista Parkway/Buck Drive to Military Road. The proposed design will also improve traffic flow with longer left turn lane queues from southbound Lemmon Drive to Buck Drive and northbound Lemmon Drive to Military Road, plus an additional lane for right turns from eastbound Military Road to southbound Lemmon Drive. A continuous raised median will prevent left turns into or out of businesses. U-turn movements will be accommodated at Military Road.
A Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) will replace the Lemmon Drive and US 395 Interchange. A DDI will provide a safer and more efficient interchange for drivers and pedestrians. The proposed design will provide 4 lanes along Lemmon Drive along with improvements to each of the ramps.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, the proposed designs include a separated, 10-foot wide shared-use path along the west side of Lemmon Drive, an adjoining sidewalk along the east side and bike lanes in both directions. The DDI will include sidewalks through the raised center median islands along Lemmon Drive as well as designated bike lanes throughout.
SEGMENT 2 will widen the road from 2 lanes to 4 between Fleetwood Drive to Ramsay Way. Among the design considerations are accommodating future growth, including complete street improvements and providing safe, multimodal connectivity through bike lanes, sidewalks, and/or shared-use paths.
Design alternatives will also address the fact that a large portion of Segment 2 is located below the 100-year flood plain and has experienced flooding in recent years. An alternative analysis is in progress, which will advance three possibilities to a 15% design level to determine a preferred alternative.
Both Segment 1 and Segment 2 are included in the RTC’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Segment 1’s estimated construction cost is $10,000,000. The DDI’s estimated construction cost is $ 10,000,000. For Segment 2, the cost will be determined by the alternative selected .
Videos and Documents
Project Update Video: March 30 The Road Ahead with RTC
Project Factsheet. Printable pdf available soon.
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County