Welcome the new Virginia Street Bridge

April 9, 2016

The new Virginia Street Bridge across the Truckee River in downtown Reno will be ready for service less than a year after construction began in May, 2015. The project is being completed a month early and under budget.

The ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new span will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to join in the official opening of the new bridge. Mayor Hillary Schieve, the Reno City Council, and other project partners will celebrate the completion of this significant project in downtown Reno.

New Virginia Street Bridge in downtown Reno, Nevada, NV

New Virginia Street Bridge will be ready for its ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12, 2016. Photo © Stan White

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve will lead the ceremony along with other guest speakers. A procession of transportation history will cross the new bridge. It will feature vehicles covering the era during which the old bridge served Reno, with a world champion mule team, several historic vehicles from the National Automobile Museum and a modern Tesla. There will also be a performance from the Reno Wind Symphony. The bridge will remain closed to vehicles for the rest of the day so people can take pictures and freely stroll on the bridge.

Public parking will be available in the City Hall Parking Garage and the Cal-Neva Parking Garage, both accessible from Center Street. Arriving early is recommended. For other parking options, go to “Where to Park in Downtown Reno.”

First Street, between Virginia and Center Streets, will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. During the historic vehicle procession, traffic will be stopped for short periods of time on parts of Mill Street, State Street, and Virginia Street. City Plaza, which was a construction staging area, will be permanently re-opened to the public at the time of the ribbon cutting ceremony. City Plaza also features a new access to the Truckee River.

The old bridge was 110 years old and falling apart. For a while, it was hoped that the historic structure could be upgraded to modern safety and flood control standards. Alas, it was too far gone for that approach to be cost-effective, so we now have a new way to cross the Truckee River. It’s the latest in a series of bridges in the location where Reno was first established.

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