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Joint statement on road pavement conditions

Post Date:01/15/2016 6:03 PM

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Recent autumn and winter storms have had a significant impact on road conditions throughout the Reno-Sparks region. In some cases, the condition of roadways has dramatically changed in a short period of time and we realize this has, and is, causing frustration for motorists.

Throughout the year, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) 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.

Currently, the RTC is working with the cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to evaluate roadway conditions and determine whether reconstruction activities need to be accelerated for some non-interstate roadways.

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, Sparks, and Washoe County receive indexed motor fuel tax, which is currently roughly 11 cents a gallon, for their road maintenance programs. These funds are distributed directly by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to local governments. RTC motor fuel tax revenues are not eligible for routine maintenance such as repairing pot holes. All of these partner entities work together to leverage all the available programs to improve and maintain road conditions.

Safety is the RTC and partners’ top priority and due to the unusual amount of freeze/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 citizens have a specific area of roadway they are concerned about, they are encouraged to contact:

City of Reno: Reno Direct 775-334-INFO or renodirect@reno.gov

City of Sparks: Ron Korman 775-353-2271 or rkorman@cityofsparks.us

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

Washoe County: Adam Searcy 775-328-2192 or asearcy@washoecounty.us

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