October 18, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will partially close Liberty Street for the safety of workers and the community as crews continue underground utility work as part of the Virginia Street Project. Please use signed detours during the following planned closures:

  • Friday, October 19, Monday, October 22 , Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24: Crews will partially close Liberty Street at Virginia Street from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Westbound traffic on Liberty Street will be detoured north at Center Street to westbound State Street, then south on Virginia Street back to westbound Liberty Street. Eastbound traffic on Liberty Street will not be affected. Trucks will be detoured to Second Street.
  • Thursday, October 25 and Monday, October 29: The Liberty Street/Virginia Street intersection will reopen to two-way traffic, but the traffic signal will be on a continuous flashing red light and traffic will be directed by flaggers.

In addition to the closures on Liberty Street, there will also be lane closures on westbound Plumb Lane.

  • Wednesday, October 24: From 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., there will be only one lane on westbound Plumb Lane for drivers to go straight to continue westbound, or to turn right onto Virginia Street. The left turn lanes will not be affected.

One-way southbound traffic is in place on Virginia Street already as part of the project and that traffic will not be affected by these closures.

The RTC encourages the community to support the businesses along this corridor, which remain open and accessible during construction.

Construction operations are weather permitting.

About the project:

This more-than-$80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 300 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

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

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