Roadwork: Bike lanes, multi-use path near UNR, downtown

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is beginning construction on a new project that will add bike lanes and a new multi-use path along Evans Avenue. The Evans Avenue Project is designed to better connect downtown Reno with the University of Nevada, Reno, and make it easier and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians to get around.

The Evans Avenue Project starts on Evans Avenue near Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno, and goes north around the east side of the University of Nevada, Reno, to McCarran Boulevard.

"The community told us they wanted to see enhanced bike lanes and a new walking path connecting the university to downtown Reno," said RTC Director of Planning Amy Cummings. "This project will really improve connectivity for people in our community, especially students, who use this area to walk or bike to get where they are going."

RTC says this project is important because it designates areas for pedestrians and bicyclists in an area where many people bike and walk. Studies have shown that designated pedestrian zones promote safety, lead to higher pedestrian visibility and can lead to fewer crashes and injuries.

Construction on the project is underway during the university's winter break. Crews are working on some of the electrical work for the project, as well as grating and constructing the multi-use path from Jodi Drive to McCarran Boulevard. To minimize the impact on students and faculty at UNR, RTC will stop construction when school is back in session, and pick the project back up again in March, weather permitting.

The northbound lane on Evans Avenue from Jodi Drive to Enterprise Road will be closed until Friday, January 19, with a detour set up on Highland Avenue.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can expect intermittent closures during construction.

The project is expected to be completed before students graduate in May 2018. For more information, visit RTCwashoe.com.