Nevada State Route 445

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State Route 445 marker

State Route 445
Pyramid Way, Pyramid Highway, Pyramid Lake Road
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 41.708 mi[1] (67.123 km)
Existed: 1976 – present
Major junctions
South end: Nugget Ave in Sparks
  I‑80
SR 446
North end: Warrior Point Park Rd north of Sutcliffe
Location
Counties: Washoe
Highway system

Nevada State Routes

SR 443 SR 446

State Route 445 (SR 445) is a 42-mile (68 km) state highway in Washoe County, Nevada. The route follows Pyramid Way, a major thoroughfare in the city of Sparks, and connects the Reno metropolitan area to Pyramid Lake. The route is designated a Nevada Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

SR 445 begins at the intersection of Nugget Avenue and Pyramid Way in Sparks. From there, it passes under Interstate 80 directly to the north and skirts the eastern edge of Victorian Square in downtown Sparks as it continues heading almost due north. After about 2 miles (3.2 km), the road curves slightly to the northeast to serve as the primary link to the rapidly expanding northern valleys of Sparks, including Spanish Springs.

Once outside of urban Sparks, SR 445 transitions to Pyramid Lake Road, more commonly referred to as Pyramid Highway. The rural highway is four lanes for a seven-mile stretch passing through Spanish Springs. The road narrows to two lanes entering the more sparsely populated Palamino Valley north to Pyramid Lake. As the road turns more sharply northeast, it enters the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. Shortly thereafter, the road curves northwest as it intersects State Route 446, following the western shore of Pyramid Lake. The highway passes through Sutcliffe and then comes to an end at Warrior Point Park Road, north of the town.

History[edit]

The first two miles (3 km) of State Route 445 in Sparks was originally designated State Route 32, with the remainder of the route comprising most of former State Route 33. SR 445 was crafted from these routes in the Nevada highway renumbering that took place in the late 1970s.

12.5 miles (20.1 km) of the route (the entirety of the route within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation) became a Nevada Scenic Byway on June 27, 1996. The same stretch was designated a National Scenic Byway on July 15 of that same year.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Washoe County.

Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Sparks Nugget Avenue southern terminus
I‑80 – Elko, Sacramento
I‑80 Bus. (Victorian Avenue)
3.89 6.26 N. McCarran Boulevard (SR 659)
Sutcliffe SR 446 (Sutcliffe Highway) – Nixon
  Warrior Point Park Road northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2012). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation. "Nevada's Scenic Byways". Retrieved 2013-07-20.