U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto on Wednesday said she’d helped to secure $7 million in Department of Transportation funding to replace two Arlington Street bridges that cross the Truckee River. The bridges have been identified by Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission as in need of replacement due to aging and wear.
According to the RTC’s project description, the bridges are showing signs of wear and deterioration due to multiple repair and widening projects and flood events over the years.
RTC’s Bill Thomas said the funding will help move the project forward and support ongoing revitalization in downtown Reno.
Sen. Cortez Masto agreed.
“Reno has done so much to beautify and revitalize its downtown in recent years, and these improvements have helped the city host festivals and special events along the Truckee River while boosting our economy,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I was glad to help secure this funding to make Reno safer and more welcoming to Nevadans and visitors alike.
RTC held a series of stakeholder meetings on the project starting in December 2019 and had planned to present a contract for the design, environmental review and engineering at its November 2021 board meeting. That meeting was canceled.
Once approved, environmental work is scheduled to be complete by December 2023 and design by December 2024 with construction occurring in 2025.
The total project cost is estimated at $25 million. The RTC fuel tax and sales taxes will also be used to pay for the replacement.
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