Prater/El Rancho intersection closing for construction

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) The intersection of Prater Way and El Rancho Drive will be closed for the next three weeks. Detours will be in place.

Crews will be doing utility work as part of the 4th Street Prater Way Bus Rapid Transit Project – which is a $58 million job currently in progress. It’s a project that despite the intersection being closed, won’t result in any of the businesses along the route having to shut their doors, according to RTC.

The project's goal is to connect downtown Reno and Sparks with better bus service, improved sidewalks, and added bike lanes. New landscaping will also be added, and utilities will be moved underground.

The final component of the project will be a new rapid bus line, called the Lincoln line, debuting in 2019. The new line celebrates the Lincoln highway. Completion of construction is anticipated in fall of 2018.

RTC says it is close to wrapping up construction on the Sparks side of this project, and the majority of the work will be happening on the Reno side.

It’s that transition that is resulting in RTC is holding a meeting to talk people who live and work in that area on Tuesday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will be at RTC’s offices at 1105 Terminal Way.
The meeting will offer an opportunity for people to meet the team doing the work, and learn about project phases, as well as asking any questions they may have.

This intersection is set to re-open the first week of 2018.