- Nevada State Route 445
Pyramid Way, Pyramid Lake Highway, Pyramid Highway, Pyramid Lake Road Route information Maintained by Nevada DOT Length: 41.767 mi (67.217 km) Existed: 1976-07-01 – present Major junctions South end: Nugget Ave in Sparks I-80
North end: Warrior Point Park Rd north of Sutcliffe Location Counties: Washoe Highway system ← 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.
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 Highway, more commonly referred to by law enforcement and residents 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.
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.
The entire route lies within Washoe County.
Location Mile Destinations Notes Sparks Nugget Avenue I-80 – Elko, Sacramento I-80 Bus. (Victorian Avenue) 3.02 Oddie Boulevard (SR 663) 3.89 N. McCarran Boulevard (SR 659) Sutcliffe SR 446 (Sutcliffe Highway) – Nixon Warrior Point Park Road
- ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2008). "Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps". http://www.nevadadot.com/reports_pubs/State_Maintained/. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- ^ Nevada Department of Transportation. "Nevada's Scenic Byways". http://www.nevadadot.com/pub_involvement/scenicbyways/the-byways.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
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