RENO, NV – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) was joined today by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and officials from the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation to discuss federal funding for Nevada from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which she helped write and pass, including resources that could go to critical bridge restoration needs, such as helping complete the Arlington Avenue Bridges Project. These bridges spanning the Truckee River were built nearly a century ago in the 1920s and have the worst structural rating of any bridges in Washoe County. Last year, Senator Rosen helped secure $7 million in federal grant funding to begin the restoration project.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest investment in our bridges in American history, and I’m proud to have helped deliver this legislation to improve critical infrastructure in Nevada,” said Senator Rosen. “This once-in-a-generation investment in our state will not only rebuild our infrastructure, but will create good-paying jobs and improve the quality of life for Nevadans.”
“The two Arlington Avenue bridges provide critical access to special events in Reno and also connect us to our vibrant downtown and midtown areas,” said Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. “I want to thank Senator Jacky Rosen for her steadfast commitment to northern Nevada, and especially, the City of Reno.”
“We are excited to begin putting to work the billions of dollars coming Nevada’s way from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will help us continue building, repairing, and maintaining Nevada’s critical network of roads and bridges,” said NDOT Deputy Director Cole Mortensen. “We want to thank Senator Rosen and the rest of the federal delegation for their tireless efforts to pass this bill, as well as our local partners like RTC Washoe for their ongoing collaboration on important projects like the Arlington Avenue Bridges.”
“To say Arlington Avenue bridges are in need of replacement is an understatement. According to a local historian, these bridges have been around since the 1920s. While they are still safe to drive over, and walk on, they are starting to show their age,” said RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas. “That’s why we are so grateful for support from our federal delegation, especially Senator Jacky Rosen, who was instrumental in helping the RTC receive $7 million in federal grant funds for the Arlington Avenue bridges replacement project. Senator Rosen understands how important these bridges, and the park they go through, are to our community.”
Earlier this month, Senator Rosen announced that Nevada will receive $45 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address highway bridge repairs across the state. The funding will be available to improve 28 bridges across Nevada that are currently deemed structurally deficient, such as the Arlington Avenue bridges. The legislation is providing the largest investment in America’s bridges to date and will improve road safety and quality of life for Nevadans.
As part of the bipartisan group of 22 Senators who negotiated and drafted the final Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Senator Rosen was “one of the architects of the legislation.” The final infrastructure package also includes three of Senator Rosen’s bipartisan bills to fund critical broadband infrastructure, promote the recovery of the tourism economy, and bolster cybersecurity for the electric grid.