We've been envisioning this bridge for so long, I have to reach for my bifocal glasses just to read the next agenda item related to it. The first time I reported about bridge replacement, namely the Virginia Street Bridge, was in early 2006.

I was a little confused because CH2MHill went through this long lengthy process of designing different designs, collecting info from the public, etc...then that turned out to be just the 'envisioning' stage and now a new designer, Jacobs Engineering is actually designing the bridge. Confusing!

Meanwhile, downtown is a ticking time bomb for another catastrophic flood, and if it happens this time, folks, our recovery would be much slower given this city's fragile economy.

So, the "Council Subcommittee for the Oversight of the Virginia Street Bridge Project" and the "Virginia Street Bridge Design Review Committee" are meeting Monday and combining their mighty powers to discuss the following:

Discussion of Virginia Street Bridge replacement project: Role of Design Review Committee and the Public Process, Secretary of Interior Standards which apply to a bridge replacement project, Historic Parameters, Technical Constraints, Analysis of Bridge Types, and potential direction thereon.
a. Review of roles and responsibilities of the Design Review Committee and review of the public process.
b. Review and discussion on the Secretary of Interior Standards.
c. Presentation and discussion of the Historic Parameters List.
d. Presentation and discussion of constraints affecting roadway height.
e. Presentation and discussion of maximum allowable height changes of a bridge replacement.
f. Presentation, discussion and consideration of bridge types and historic criteria and potential direction thereon.
6. Discussion of progress review, next steps, and potential direction thereon.

The Virginia Street Bridge Design Review Committee is an Advisory Body that Consults with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to the Amendment to the Programmatic Agreement regarding the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project.

Date: 5/23/2011 1:30 PM
Location: Reno City Council Chamber
One East First Street
Reno, Nevada 89501

It should be an interesting meeting for those new to the project or who need to catch up on things or want a status update.

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