USA Parkway Nevada Route 439 Option

If you are looking for a shortcut between Reno and Silver Springs, the USA Parkway, Nevada route 439 (wikipedia) might save you ten miles. Whether it will save time is another matter. KOLO TV says “The parkway is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for people traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.”

Route 439 is a four lane divided boulevard between I80 and US50 to provide transportation services to the warehouses and manufacturing facilities at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC). It is considered a “Minor Rural Arterial” (NDOT Report). Here is what the report says about time savings:

“Once USA Parkway is fully built from I-80 through to US 50, the distance between Reno and Silver Springs will be reduced by about 10 miles. It is believed that most of the travel between these two locations will use the new USA Parkway. The average velocity on the existing route on US 95A, through Fernley then on I 80, is 60 mph. The new USA Parkway will have a posted speed limit of 50 mph so that was chosen for the average velocity

The reality after construction is that the first few miles with the most congestion has a 35 mph speed limit and much of the rest is 45 mph. In addition, most of the route is up and down hills. The grade on these hills is like going over Donner Summit on I80 or heading north from Reno on US395. With an RV or heavy vehicle, you will need to keep in mind the drag going up hill and the push going down. The road has been subject to controls during storms over the last two winters. 

The ‘old’ route to Fernley and down Alt US95 has a shorter congestion path, excellent gas prices, and only one grade of note. It is freeway and highway with higher speed limits than the boulevard. This route may have a lower wild horse hazard as it is better fenced and, it seems, the folks in the TRIC seem to think horses wandering around is a feature and not a bug.

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