WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) visited the aging Arlington Avenue bridges in Reno last week to discuss federal funding for upgrading and repairing Nevada’s bridges from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which she helped write and pass. These bridges across the Truckee River were built nearly a century ago and now have the worst structural rating of any bridges in Washoe County. New federal infrastructure funding from the bipartisan package could help complete the $25 million Arlington Avenue Bridges Project, which is already underway thanks to $7 million in federal grant funding Senator Rosen helped secure last year.
- State and local officials on Thursday praised U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., for her support of the massive $1.2 trillion spending package…
- Transportation officials said each bridge is around 100 years old and, while safe to drive on, should be replaced. The project is expected to be completed within a year of its scheduled start date in the fall of 2024.
- Rosen, whose father-in-law was a bridge inspector, also drew on personal experience in brief remarks about the bill that funded the project. “I think he’d be really proud of the work we’re doing to replace, repair and renew these bridges,” Nevada’s junior senator added. “I couldn’t be happier to celebrate the investment this bill is creating right here in Reno.”
- Nevada is expected to receive some $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs over the next five years. An estimated 25 percent of the state’s bridges are at least 50 years old, including 30 rated in “poor condition” and in need of repair.
- 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, including resources that could go to bridge restoration needs, such as helping complete the Arlington Avenue Bridges 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.”
- Last year, Senator Rosen helped secure $7 million in federal grant funding to begin the restoration project.
- “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.”
- 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.
Reporter: Senator Jacky Rosen meeting with Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve today to talk about improving our roads and bridges. She is eager to see work done on the Arlington bridges downtown, saying that they have the worst structural rating of any bridges in Washoe County, having been built a century ago. But she adds that there's money coming from the federal government to improve our infrastructure in the Silver State.
Senator Rosen: Nearly $4 billion dollars is going to be coming to Nevada over the next five years. There's going to be money for our roads that, obviously, you see our roads need not just fixing but expansion as we continue to grow here in Nevada.
Reporter: The senator also took time today to stop by Renown to thank first responders for their commitment to helping others and all that they have done during this pandemic.
Reporter: Senator Rosen went into detail, specifically about the Arlington Avenue bridge in downtown. It’s one of two what she calls “structurally deficient bridges” that crosses over the Truckee River. The two bridges will be replaced with new ones that can withstand the flood issues the area has faced in the past…Rosen says there are about 30 bridges across Nevada that are considered to be in poor condition and she says the Biden infrastructure bill is supposed to fix all of those.
Reporter: Senator Jacky Rosen paying a visit to Reno today to talk infrastructure, specifically bridges. She says the infrastructure bill is going to help replace two bridges right here in Reno – they are the Arlington Avenue bridges across from the Truckee River in downtown Reno. They are 100 years old and have the worst structural rating of any bridges in Washoe county. Statewide there are nearly 30 bridges in poor condition.
Senator Rosen: New bridges are just going to ensure that Arlington Avenue, it remains open and connected to downtown Reno. That's going to help support our communities and all of the businesses up and down the river walk.