March 7, 2019

Our region’s wet winter is having a significant impact on road conditions in our community. In some cases, the condition of roadways has dramatically changed in a short period of time and may be causing frustration for motorists.

Throughout the year, the RTC works closely with the local entities and collaborates with them on a pavement management system. The system utilizes several factors such as condition, traffic volume and available funding to determine which roadways need to be reconstructed, rehabilitated and/or receive surface seal treatments.

The RTC continues to work with the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to evaluate roadway conditions on an ongoing basis to determine where reconstruction activities need to be accelerated for some roadways.

Safety is the RTC and partners’ top priority and, due to the high amount of freeze and thaw this winter, we will continue to work together to ensure roadways in the region receive the proper attention as soon as weather conditions allow.

Should residents have a specific area of roadway they are concerned about, they are encouraged to call or email:

City of Reno*: Reno Direct at 775-334-INFO (4636) or renodirect@reno.gov (*Please note that McCarran is handled by NDOT.)
City of Sparks: 775-353-5555 or www.cityofsparks.us/citizenrequest
RTC: 775-335-1874 or sgibson@rtcwashoe.com
Washoe County: 3-1-1, 775-328-2003 or washoe311@washoecounty.us
NDOT (Interstates and highways): 775-888-7000 or info@dot.nv.gov

Background:

While the RTC builds new regional roads, reconstructs failed roadways, and engages in preventive maintenance to extend the useful life of regional roadways, the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and NDOT retain the responsibility to properly maintain roadways. Each entity receives indexed fuel tax, which is currently about 50 cents per gallon, for their road maintenance programs. These funds are distributed directly by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to local governments. RTC fuel tax revenues are not eligible for routine maintenance such as repairing pot holes. All of these entities work together to leverage all the available programs to improve and maintain road conditions.

The Nevada Department of Transportation maintains interstates and state highways, systematically evaluating pavement condition and prioritizing to repave or otherwise repair before more major roadway rehabilitation is needed. Approximately 98 percent of Nevada interstates are ranked in very good, good or fair condition.