Improved pedestrian safety, traffic flow, emergency vehicle access, and increased property values in the heart of Reno’s tourist district are just some of the far-reaching impacts of the Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (ReTRAC) – the largest public works project ever completed in northern Nevada.
ReTRAC depressed two miles of train tracks that run directly through downtown Reno. The key was innovation. By exploring alternative technical concepts and implementing state of the art construction methods, the design-build team adhered to a compressed schedule and strict budget while continuing railroad service and safe vehicular access across the trench throughout the life of the project.
Involved since the project’s inception in early 1970s, Stantec authored the initial environmental impact statement and coordinated the public input and review processes. As part of the design-build team, we provided civil, water resources, and structural engineering; rail design and UPRR coordination; surveying; geographic information system and AutoCAD mapping; digital data management; and landscape architecture. With the completion of ReTRAC, the City of Reno revitalized the downtown area and enhanced its vitality and livability to the benefit of the community.