May 8, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is planning to close the Prater Way/El Rancho Drive intersection beginning Sunday, May 13 through approximately Tuesday, May 22. Crews will be removing the existing asphalt, grading and paving the intersection as part of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project.

Marked detours will be in place:

  • For eastbound Prater Way traffic, use Victorian Avenue to 21st Street.
  • For northbound El Rancho Drive, use Victorian Avenue to 21st Street/Sullivan Lane to G Street.
  • For southbound El Rancho Drive/Kietzke Lane, use 9th Street to Sutro Street to 4th Street to Victorian Avenue.
  • For westbound Prater Way, use 21st Street to Victorian Avenue.

Businesses will be accessible during construction.

The RTC urges drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe and to use extra caution in construction work zones.

Construction operations are weather permitting. For the latest updates, text 4PRATER to 797979, or visit to sign up for email notifications.

The work is part of an overall $58-million investment in the community to better connect Downtown Reno and Downtown Sparks and provide access to jobs and education opportunities. The 4th Street/Prater Way Bus RAPID Transit Project involves widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes, adding new landscaping and moving utilities underground. The final component of the project will be a new RAPID bus line, called the Lincoln Line, debuting in late 2018. The new RAPID service celebrates the famous Lincoln Highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.