November 19, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County invites the community to learn more about the Oddie Boulevard and Wells Avenue design project at a community meeting on Thursday, November 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sparks Library, located at 1125 12th Street. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. For those unable to attend, the RTC plans to livestream the presentation on its Facebook page.

The RTC is seeking community input as staff begins the design concepts for the corridor. The RTC-sponsored, multimodal improvement project will revitalize the 3.2-mile corridor by creating a more livable, safer and vibrant community on Wells Avenue, beginning at 9th Street in Reno and extending to Oddie Boulevard at Pyramid Highway in Sparks. Improvements will include ADA-compliant sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, landscaping, bike facilities, and safer traffic operations to increase mobility and connectivity in the Truckee Meadows. Future transit services may also be considered.

Corridor improvements will support economic investment and redevelopment while enhancing the quality of life for area residents by improving accessibility and safety.

Engineers are in the process of preliminary design with final design anticipated in early 2020. After design is complete, the project will progress to the construction phase. The earliest construction could take place would be in 2020.

The total project cost, including construction, design, permitting and construction management, is approximately $30 million. At this time, the project is primarily funded with local fuel tax revenue.

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