News 9-11-08 Council Meeting Comments

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Posted by: Scott Schrantz - 9/11/2008 11:02:18 AM
I thought the Center Street Bridge was just rebuilt from the ground up about 10 years ago. Why would they have to do it again? Did it not do well in the flood?

Posted by: Mark W. - 9/11/2008 3:14:08 PM
It makes more sense to replace a fairly new bridge at the same time as the others, especially now when construction costs are fairly low. Not replacing the Center Street bridge now would cost the city a lot more because new designs, contractors, permits, etc. would all have to be paid for separately.

Posted by: Justin - 9/12/2008 7:15:39 AM
With all due respect, Dick Scott can go suck an egg! I love the spider bug! I still remember the first time I saw it as a little kid. It's as much a part of Reno's identity as the Reno Arch, the Truckee River, or the casinos. I'm all for relocating it, but PLEASE don't destroy it!!! :( I wonder if it could be located near the Automobile Museum. It seems like an idea spot IMO.

Posted by: RenoSteve - 9/12/2008 2:40:34 PM
Mayor Cashell asked directly about why Center Street needed to be replaced. Here was the answer. The Center St bridge was built to a 50 year flood height - Corps of Engineers standards. Both it and Sierra Street would NOT need to be replaced if the city is willing to accept the "50 year" level of flood protection. However, the "prefered plan" now being pursued by the city is to make the bridges capable of handling a 100 year flood and the "less preferred" alternative is a 74 year level of protection. In EITHER of these cases all four bridges must be replaced because neither Center or Lake currently meet that standard. If they raise the other 2 to higher standards and leave Center/Sierra as is, those two lower bridges will essentially become obstacles that will cause 50 year floods to continue to flood downtown even though the two new bridges allow more water to pass. Going to either 74 or 100 year standards require four rather than two new bridges.

Posted by: RenoSteve - 9/12/2008 3:04:26 PM
Previous post contains this text: "...Center or Lake currently meet that standard. If they raise the other 2 to higher standards and leave Center/Sierra as is..." First reference should be "... Center or Sierra..." same as the second reference. Sorry.