Current Project Phase:

Feasibility Study

Public Meeting Information

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County invites the community to learn and provide input toward the Keystone Avenue Bridge Replacement project in-person on July 11, 2024, or virtually beginning July 10, 2024.  The meeting will include information on the status of the feasibility study to replace the Keystone Avenue Bridge and improve multimodal connectivity/safety from California Avenue to West First Street. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on the study.

Attend the open house at McKinley Arts Center on Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 4 to 7pm, or view project meeting information and provide feedback anytime beginning July 10, 2024, through August 14, 2024. Please send us your questions and input by August 14, 2024.

This project is evaluating multimodal improvements on Keystone Avenue from California Avenue to First Street. You will learn about: project progress and status, proposed project alternatives for future study, feasibility study, and next steps. You will have the opportunity to provide valuable input on the proposed alternatives and features.

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Project Description

The objective of the Keystone Bridge Replacement is to provide a structurally sound Keystone Avenue bridge over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, and improve mobility options in the corridor surrounding the bridge, approximately from California Avenue to West 1st Street.  The initial phase and design for the replacement of the Keystone Bridge is federally funded by the Federal Bridge Formula Program (BFP).  Additional funding will be required to cover improvement beyond the limits of bridge funding.

This project is led by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the City of Reno, with the active participation of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and other key stakeholders.

The initial/current phase includes a Feasibility Study and Conceptual Alternatives Analysis for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of the bridge. In addition, Feasibility and Alternatives Analysis will address pedestrian, bike and driver circulation surrounding the bridge.

The future anticipated phases of the project will include preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, final design, regulatory permitting, and construction.

Project Schedule

Learn more about the current and future project phases.

FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Gallery

Have a look at several current images of the Keystone Bridge.

History

The Keystone Avenue Bridge over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada connects the large residential neighborhoods in west Reno to Downtown Reno and Interstate 80.  The existing bridge roadway configuration  is four lanes of traffic without pedestrian or bicycle facilities.

1966

The Keystone Avenue Bridge was constructed as part of an urban interchange between California Avenue and Jones Street

2012

NDOT Safety Engineering Division in coordination with RTC completed a Road Safety Audit (RSA) of Keystone Avenue from California Avenue to Fourth Street.  The audit described the Keystone/California Avenue intersection as ‘confusing’ and not bicycle or pedestrian friendly.  The tight turn from westbound California is not driver friendly. A study was recommended to determine if another intersection type such as, but not limited to, a roundabout can improve operations at the Keystone, Booth, and California Avenue intersection.

2014

RTC completed the Keystone Corridor Study that included extensive stakeholder and community engagement. The study identified deficiencies at the bridge and identified several issues at the Keystone/California intersection, including congestion, poor sight distance, and inadequate accommodation for bicycles, pedestrians, and ADA compliance.  Six comprehensive alternatives were identified for the Keystone/California intersection, along with near-term pedestrian safety improvements.  The study suggested long-term needs at the California and Jones Street intersections could be addressed during the bridge replacement project.

2019

Safety improvements identified in the Keystone Corridor Study were constructed at the California/Keystone Avenue intersection by RTC.

2022

The most recent inspection report of the Keystone Avenue Bridge, completed by the Nevada Department of Transportation documented severe deterioration of the bridge including the concrete and steel superstructure and reinforced concrete substructure.  The bridge is safe, but in need of replacement to prevent further deterioration. 

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