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After completing a feasibility and conceptual alternatives analysis in June 2021, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and its Project Partners are proceeding with replacing the two Arlington Avenue Bridges at the Truckee River.  The project is located in the City of Reno between Island Avenue and West First Street, including the roadway through Wingfield Park. Due to age and exposure to flood events, the nearly century-old bridges have become structurally deficient. The RTC will complete final design, following an environmental review, with construction currently scheduled to begin in spring/summer 2024. (Get more Project Background .)


Project Progress. The 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 Engineers (USACE), and the Carson Truckee Water Conservation District (CTWCD), is proceeding with replacing the two Arlington Avenue Bridges. A single-pier North Bridge structure and a clear-span South Bridge structure, plus a modern, art-deco-themed aesthetic package, have been determined during a feasibility study with extensive public input. The project is moving forward with the environmental study (NEPA clearance) and design stages.

Virtual Public Informational Meeting #1. The March 2022 video and Accessible PDF presentations provide updates on the project’s environmental study, bridge designs, aesthetics and schedule. Viewers are invited to participate in a survey, provide feedback and ask questions through April 18, 2022.

The two Arlington Avenue Bridges are structurally deficient due to their age (North built in 1921 and South in 1938), many repairs and modifications over time (full rehabilitation 1967), and repeated exposure to flood events. 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 access to Wingfield Park. View RTC Project Milestones, including design and construction, from November 2019 through 2025.


The estimated total cost of the improvements in the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is $27 to $32 million. The RTC has allocated federal funds for the project and executed a Local Public Agency (LPA) agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to administer the funds. The RTC is also honored to receive a $7 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to apply to the construction of the bridges.