November 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A century-old bridge crossing the Truckee River in downtown Reno is going to be around a little longer than expected.
The historic Virginia Street Bridge's date with a wrecking ball has been postponed until at least late summer and perhaps into next year because of a delay in federal permitting for the Truckee River flood project.
Demolition and reconstruction of the bridge first built in 1905 is expected to cost $20 million. The work was scheduled to begin this spring. But city civil engineer Kerri Lanza tells the Reno Gazette-Journal they're still awaiting two necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The hope now is to start by the end of the summer but rising waters in the fall could force a delay into next spring.
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