Reno Arch colors changing

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Reno Arch is getting a makeover.

December 13, 2017, the Reno City Council voted four-to-three to change the paint color to silver and blue and replace the gold legs with a stainless brushed silver.

The city argues the gold legs on the current arch are too easily damaged and hard to maintain.

"The arch is tired in the sense of the dense, blemish, the outdated fixtures and so forth. It was up for needed refurbished," said Oscar Delgado, Reno council member.

The city decided to make the change after a few thousand people voted in favor of a new look to help tie the University of Nevada with downtown. The update will cost more than $225,000, which comes from money set aside for tourism. The city expects to see the new colors on the arch by May 2018.

The council also asked staff to continue researching of creative funding sources for color-changeable options for the arch's lighting.

It is projected to cost $220,000 to replace the neon and at this time, the council says the money isn't there and they will keep the current lights for the time being.