Nevada Unified Certification Program (NUCP)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Certification Review Meeting
Tuesday July 28, 2015
RTC TO BEGIN IMPROVEMENTS ON KEYSTONE AVENUE
Reno, NV (July 20, 2015) – The RTC is beginning a major improvement project on Keystone Avenue on Wednesday, July 22. The work will last about two weeks. The project is designed to enhance safety, support the many ways people get around and extend the life of the roadway.
From University Terrace to Coleman Drive: new bike lanes will be created, deteriorating sidewalks will be replaced and vehicle travel lanes will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one in each direction. The improvements will create a Complete Street, which is a street with separate spaces for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Complete Streets give people transportation options and have been shown to reduce crashes and enhance safety.
The project also includes a flashing beacon at the intersection of Kings Row and Keystone Avenue to alert drivers to crossing pedestrians. New crosswalks will also be installed near the intersection of Keystone Avenue and Gear Street. Additionally, pedestrian ramps near Kings Row will be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The project also involves a new slurry seal for Keystone Avenue from 7th Street to McCarran Boulevard. This treatment will greatly extend the life of the roadway protecting the community’s investment. Compared with reconstructing a failed road, properly maintaining roadways saves substantial taxpayer dollars.
All of the improvements were developed with extensive community input and guidance from the Reno City Council. This is a $350,000 project funded through local fuel tax. During construction, drivers should expect short delays and periodic lane closures. Access will be preserved to businesses during construction. To view the study, visit the Planning page.
VIRGINIA STREET BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXTENSION PROJECT
The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project is the first of multiple projects stemming from the Virginia Street Corridor Investment Plan and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Master Plan. The Project will create connectivity between UNR, downtown Reno, and Midtown and will encourage economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor. The Project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit connectivity, efficiency, and timeliness through connecting RAPID to the University, improving safety for all modes, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, and improving traffic operations.
Share your ideas at the Reno City Council meeting July 29 and at a Community Information Meeting on Aug. 25 at the Discovery Museum from 5-7 p.m.
The Upper South East Communities Coalition (USECC) filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) following its issuance of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit, a key permit needed for phase two of the SouthEast Connector Project. In order to protect the public interest, the RTC filed a motion to become an intervener in the lawsuit. The RTC is confident in the decision by the USACE issued on April 16, 2015. This project as submitted and reviewed by the USACE and applicable state and federal regulatory agencies provides the least human impact, improves the environment and wildlife habitat, and brings significant benefits to the environment. A court hearing has not been scheduled on this lawsuit.
In addition to the lawsuit, the USECC sought an injunction to stop construction of the project. On June 3, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied the motion for injunctive relief. This decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the USECC also filed a request for emergency injunction with the court. On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion for injunctive relief. A court date is yet to be scheduled to hear the appeal of the U.S. District Court decision. The following legal documents are associated with this case, and are being made available as part of the RTC’s commitment to transparency with the public.
KEY PERMIT ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST CONNECTOR PROJECT
Reno, NV (April 16, 2015) – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has approved and issued a key permit needed under section 404 of the Clean Water Act for completion of the SouthEast Connector project. The approval means the next phase of construction may move forward.
As anticipated, the permit requires some conditions, which RTC will comply with. The Corps did not require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), realign the path of the roadway or make any alterations to the project, which is a validation of the solid design, engineering and environmental work that has been done by RTC.
“The SouthEast Connector is much more than a needed roadway; it provides numerous benefits to the environment. I’m pleased the Corps has recognized those benefits in approving RTC’s application,” RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson said.
The Corps noted RTC’s innovative plan to help stop the spread of historic mercury within the SouthEast Connector Corridor. The plan calls for soil with higher concentrations of mercury to be permanently stored under the roadway and removed from exposure to ground water and the human environment. Currently, mercury is being spread by any flood events. Advanced modeling shows this plan will remove 22,000 pounds of mercury from further exposure to the
environment. The permit review found that RTC’s mercury mitigation plan is “protective of human health and the environment.”
Additionally, RTC is planning habitat restoration and other efforts to improve water quality and reduce erosion. The project will help the area return to a more natural floodplain. The project has been shown to reduce flood water elevations near homes and other buildings.
The SouthEast Connector will also help improve air quality. Modeling shows the roadway is needed to accommodate future growth and growth that has already occurred in the region. The project will reduce traffic congestion and the amount of idling vehicles, preventing pollution. A paved, multi-use path will also parallel the entire roadway, enabling people to make green trips, such as walking and biking while enjoying the natural environment and scenic views.
The first phase of the SouthEast Connector was substantially completed in July – ahead of schedule and under budget. The next phase will begin in the coming weeks and be marked by a community groundbreaking event. Full completion of the project is expected in late 2017. The remainder of the road to be constructed is about four and a half miles of the overall five and a half mile roadway. When completed, the SouthEast Connector will be dubbed Veterans Parkway, and will link Sparks to south Reno.
RTC BEGINS BIKE SHARE STUDY, LAUNCHES NEW STUDY WEBSITE
In many communities people are able to check out a bike, get to where they need to go, and then leave it securely for someone else to check out. The RTC will be conducting public outreach to measure whether such a program would be viable in Washoe County. The study will identify costs, goals and performance measures. Encouraging transportation other than in vehicles promotes health and creates cleaner air. The study is part of the RTC’s on-going commitment to encourage green trips and maintain the region’s status as a bicycle friendly community.
Visit the website at: http://www.rtc-bikeshare.com
NEVADA STRATEGIC HIGHWAY SAFETY PLAN PROMOTES RTC COMPLETE STREET DESIGNS FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
Click here to check out the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan Newsletter to see RTC's Complete Street Designs highlighted for their positive effect on pedestrian safety.
RTC PARK AND RIDE STUDY
Park your vehicle, and join a carpool or take transit – it’s called park and ride. The RTC is looking for your input on locations for possible lots for people to park and ride. Lots could be either shared with private entities like retailers and churches or exclusively owned and operated for park and ride activities by the public. To comment, follow the links below. We want to hear what locations people think would be both good and bad for facilities, what amenities they want, and what are important destinations to serve with park and ride facilities.