Keystone, A Street With Issues Under Study

RENO, NV - It's a major north-south connector on the west side of Reno. It crosses the river and Interstate 80 and includes a busy business section sandwiched between residential areas.
The Regional Transportation Commission says Keystone Avenue has safety issues and needs a closer look.

Those problems begin at Keystone's south end where it meets California Avenue at a ramp which has puzzled locals ever since it was built.

"That intersection needs to be reevaluated," says RTC planner Patrice Echola. "The bridge crossing the Truckee is falling apart literally. It needs to be evaluated."

The problems don't stop there.

"There are a lot of businesses along the corridor from the bridge to I-80 where there are a lot of pedestrians crossing hither and dither. There are too many driveways close to intersections, so the high crash areas are along there."

Beyond the freeway, the RTC sees pedestrian safety issues... driveways too close to intersections.

In the residential area above University Terrace, the concerns are sidewalks and bike lanes, or rather the lack of those lanes. The roadway is in need of a resurfacing and resealing, but there's opposition to the bike lanes, so that's on hold for the moment, but it's on the table for a study the RTC is launching.

It adds up to a lot of potential projects, some more easily and cheaply done than others. The RTC has a potential list, but they say as they open up the study for public comment, that list could grow. The first meeting was scheduled for November 12, with more likely on the way.

Echola says the RTC expects the study to result in a list of projects. They'll tackle the easiest first.

The bridge is likely to be last on the list. Replacing it will be expensive and since it doesn't pose a flood control problem, there's no ready source of funding.


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