April 2, 2020

Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 003 designated construction operations on critical infrastructure as essential. At the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, contracted construction crews fill a critical role in building and improving regional roadways.

The RTC is working with its contracted construction crews to ensure the health and safety of employees and the community. Continuing construction operations safely is critical to advance important infrastructure projects, especially while many businesses have modified operations.

“The safety of our community is our top priority,” said RTC Interim Executive Director Amy Cummings. “Because we are able to work with our contracted employees to ensure safety, we are making progress on important regional projects and keeping people in our community employed.”

One of RTC’s contracted construction companies, Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC), is busy fast-tracking operations on the RTC’s Virginia Street Project. SNC crews are taking health and safety seriously during the pandemic by following the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 guidance for construction operations.

The following health and safety measures are in place:

• Construction workers practice social distancing by being six feet away from each other.
• Management has scaled down crew sizes and requires social distancing at meetings.
• Workers eat meals separately in their vehicles or in areas that allow at least 6 feet of separation.
• Crews avoid carpooling.
• Crews avoid common-use water coolers.
• Workers are asked to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
• Construction crews are provided portable bathroom units with wash basins and soap for thorough hand cleaning.
• Crews are provided bottles of disinfectant and wipes for tools and vehicles.
• Crews are provided hand sanitizer.
• Workers must stay home if they exhibit any symptoms consistent with a cold, flu or COVID-19.

About the Virginia Street Project:
Midtown business owners expressed strong support of the plan to expedite construction operations, which will result in early completion of the section of Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue to Mary Street/Center Street, and may result in an earlier completion date for the overall Virginia Street Project.

The project team has been ordering to-go meals for construction workers from Midtown businesses to help support them during this uncertain time.

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project will improve safety and provide better access, enhanced transit service and improved mobility for everyone. This includes extending the RAPID Virginia Line from Midtown to the University of Nevada, Reno. The project represents an $87-million investment in our community.

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and federal funds.

More information:
For more information on the project, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit VirginiaStreetProject.com, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VirginiaStreetProject.