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.
Click here to download PIM#3A – Overview pdf.
August 2022 Build-A-Bridge Results
Click here to download PIM#3B – August 2022 Build-A-Bridge Results pdf.
Whitewater Park Coordination
Click here to download PIM#3C – Whitewater Park Coordination pdf.
Click here to download PIM#3D – Design Details pdf.
Click here to download PIM#3E – Environmental Study pdf.
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 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.