Multiple agencies release statement on state of roads

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Drivers in Northern Nevada have expressed, at the very least, frustration over potholes and other road problems during this year's wet winter.

The Regional Transportation Commission says throughout the year, it "works closely with the local entities and collaborates with them on a pavement management system. The system utilizes several factors such as condition, traffic volume and available funding to determine which roadways need to be reconstructed, rehabilitated and/or receive surface seal treatments."

RTC says it works with the cities of Reno and Sparks, plus Washoe County, and the Nevada Department of Transportation to evaluate conditions on an ongoing basis to determine where reconstruction needs to be amped up for some roads.

In a joint statement, the municipalities say, "Safety is the RTC and partners’ top priority and, due to the high amount of freeze and thaw this winter, we will continue to work together to ensure roadways in the region receive the proper attention as soon as weather conditions allow."

Should residents have specific areas of concerned about, they are encouraged to call or email:

City of Reno: Reno Direct at 775-334-INFO (4636) or renodirect@reno.gov (*Please note McCarran is handled by NDOT.)

City of Sparks: 775-353-5555 or cityofsparks.us/citizenrequest

RTC: 775-335-1874 or sgibson@rtcwashoe.com

Washoe County: 3-1-1, 775-328-2003 or washoe311@washoecounty.us

NDOT (Interstates and highways): 775-888-7000 or info@dot.nv.gov

In a continued statement, local governments say, "While the RTC builds new regional roads, reconstructs failed roadways, and engages in preventive maintenance to extend the useful life of regional roadways, the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and NDOT retain the responsibility to properly maintain roadways. Each entity receives indexed fuel tax, which is currently about 50 cents per gallon, for their road maintenance programs. These funds are distributed directly by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to local governments. RTC fuel tax revenues are not eligible for routine maintenance such as repairing pot holes. All of these entities work together to leverage all the available programs to improve and maintain road conditions.

"The Nevada Department of Transportation maintains interstates and state highways, systematically evaluating pavement condition and prioritizing to repave or otherwise repair before more major roadway rehabilitation is needed. Approximately 98 percent of Nevada interstates are ranked in very good, good or fair condition."