Reno street closures for drone testing continue

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RENO, NV (KOLO) With NASA selecting the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) to participate in the Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 drone operation to test flying in higher-density urban areas, some streets will be closed in the coming days.

Downtown Reno closure for drone testing

The City of Reno, a participant in the program, will help facilitate testing in the downtown Reno area from May 11-24, 2019. Below are key dates and locations for the public to be aware of (testing dates are subject to change for reasons such as weather):

Downtown Reno - May 19-24:
- Street closure: Lake Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street during the hours of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (updated)
- City Plaza will be restricted to NIAS use only and fenced off to the general public on all of the days listed above.
- There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Idlewild Park - May 13-17* and May 20-23:
- Street closure: Mastroianni Drive during the hours of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*May 17: Restricted flying times due to the Food Truck Fridays special event in Idlewild Park.

Keystone Avenue/Oxbow Park/Crissie Caughlin Park - May *11-23:
- No street closures
- There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*May 11: Restricted flying times due to the Moms on the Run special event.

Additional street closure:
Chism Street (east/west portion only) - May 13-17
- 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Street is expected to open earlier on May 17.

Public viewing areas are limited, but the city suggests viewing locations in Idlewild Park from Cowan Drive or the Snowflake Pavilion. According to a statement, "The public is asked to respect all closures, and their patience and cooperation is appreciated during the testing period."

The City of Reno is participating in three drone-testing programs. Participation allows residents to provide input that will be shared with the Federal Aviation Administration and utilized to determine policy and regulations related to the safe integration of drones. The City of Reno is the only city in the country involved in all three of these testing programs.

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