The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in cooperation with the City of Reno and with the participation of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (USACE), and the Carson-Truckee Water Conservancy District (CTWCD), is proceeding with replacing the two nearly century-old Arlington Avenue Bridges that have become structurally deficient. RTC completed a Feasibility Study in June 2021 which compiled input from public and technical community members, organized and monitored input from stakeholder and technical advisory meetings, and summarized the development of conceptual bridge alternatives. The project is located within the City of Reno between Island Avenue and West First Street, including the roadway through Wingfield Park. Proving access over the Truckee River and to the natural island of Wingfield Park, a single pier North Bridge will replace the existing two-pier structure, and the South Bridge will remain a clear span structure. The RTC is currently completing an environmental study (NEPA Clearance) and final design, with in-river construction scheduled to begin July 1, 2025. (Get more Project Background.)
Virtual Public Information Meeting #3. The June 2023 Public Information Meeting is divided up into five mini-presentations. The five videos and Accessible PDF presentations are focused on providing updates for project overview, Build-A-Bridge tool survey results, Whitewater Park User Coordination, design details, and the environmental study.
The two Arlington Avenue Bridges are structurally deficient due to their age and repeated exposure to flood events. The (North Bridge was originally constructed in 1921, widened 20’ to the east in 1939, and widened 16’ to the west in 1977. The South Bridge was constructed in 1939 in its current configuration. Replacement concepts were suggested in the City of Reno’s 2009 TRAction Visioning Project. The RTC began building on the TRAction Project in 2019, undertaking a feasibility study to develop specific bridge concepts and aesthetic themes, identify design and environmental constraints, review flood protection requirements and analyze pedestrian and multimodal access to Wingfield Park. View RTC Project Milestones, including design and construction, from November 2019 through 2026.
The estimated total construction cost of the Project in the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is $27 to $32 million. The Project is fully funded through construction as indicated on the Statewide TIP (ver 8) for project number WA20170122. Highway INFRA COVID funds are being utilized for preliminary engineering, environmental evaluation, final engineering, and bidding services. The RTC was excited to receive additional federal dollars to help pay for the construction of the bridges ($7 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (RAISE) Grant and $2 million Congressional Directive earmark funds). $7.5 million in STBG federal funds have been allocated to the project with local fuel tax providing the remaining funds needed. The overall project funding split is 66% federal and 34% local including both design and construction services.