- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Construction will soon begin on the second phase of a road bypass project designed to ease traffic congestion between Sparks and south Reno.

The Regional Transportation Commission says Granite Construction on Monday will begin delivering equipment and materials to the site, with plans to begin actual construction in the “very near future.”

The RTC has obtained all the necessary permits from state and federal regulatory agencies to begin construction of the SouthEast Connector’s second phase.

The first phase featured construction of a 1-mile segment of the bypass, including a bridge over the Truckee River near Greg Street in Sparks.

The second phase will feature construction of the final 4.5-mile leg of the bypass from Clean Water Way to Veterans Parkway.

Completion is expected in late 2017.

The bypass has been envisioned by county planners for decades.

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