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Downtown Reno bridge scheduled for demolition

Demolition is looming for a 105-year-old downtown Reno bridge made famous by stories of divorcees tossing rings into the Truckee River.

A coalition of local officials agreed Friday that up to $1.8 million should be spend to begin design of a new Virginia Street bridge.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported construction of the $20 million project could begin in 2013 if funding is secured.

The bridge causes major problems during floods. The double-arch concrete span acts as a bottleneck, capturing logs and other flood debris, and causing water to back up into the streets of downtown Reno.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said the bridge that was a major source of problems during the Truckee River’s last major flood in January 1997 “won’t stand much longer.”

 

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