RTC public meeting is tonight on Oddie/Wells renovation

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County has planned a public meeting for the community to learn about an Oddie Boulevard/Wells Avenue design project.

The meeting will be Thursday, November 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sparks Library at 1125 12th Street. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. For those unable to attend, the RTC plans to livestream the presentation on its Facebook page.

The RTC is seeking community input as staff begins the design concepts for the corridor. The project is designed to revitalize the 3.2-mile corridor by creating a "more livable, safer and vibrant community on Wells Avenue, beginning at 9th Street in Reno and extending to Oddie Boulevard at Pyramid Highway in Sparks."

Transforming the Oddie Blvd. corridor

RTC says improvements will include ADA-compliant sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, landscaping, bike facilities, and safer traffic operations to increase mobility and connectivity in the Truckee Meadows. Future transit services may also be considered.

Transforming the Oddie Blvd. corridor

RTC says the improvements will support "economic investment and redevelopment while enhancing the quality of life for area residents by improving accessibility and safety."

Engineers are in the process of preliminary design with final design anticipated in early 2020. After design is complete, the project will progress to the construction phase. The earliest construction could take place would be 2020.

The total project cost, including construction, design, permitting and construction management, is approximately $30 million. RTC says the project is primarily funded with local fuel tax revenue.

For more on the project, click here.