April 10, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) are continuing to accelerate construction operations on Virginia Street. As business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended through the end of April, the project team has identified another opportunity to fast track the project.

Beginning Wednesday, April 15, Virginia Street will be closed to all traffic from Center Street/Mary Street to St. Lawrence Avenue. Through traffic going southbound on Virginia Street will be detoured at Liberty Street, but vehicles accessing businesses will be directed by flaggers to access Virginia Street up to St. Lawrence Avenue. This closure will be effective 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week until April 30, 2020. This date is based on businesses potentially re-opening.

Also beginning on Wednesday, April 15, the segment of Virginia Street that was previously closed to traffic, from Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue to Mary Street/Center Street will reopen to one-way traffic. Two-way traffic will continue on Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street to Plumb Lane.

Side streets are open so people can access essential businesses and pick up to-go food orders from Midtown restaurants.

Adjusting the schedule and resources to complete removals now, while most businesses are closed, will result in fewer impacts when businesses are able to reopen. The project team is working with businesses to accommodate deliveries from their vendors, customers to pick-up to go orders and safely access businesses.

Transit Detour:
RTC’s Route 1, RAPID Virginia Line, and UNR-Midtown Direct will detour northbound on Holcomb Avenue and Center Street, and southbound on Liberty Street to California Avenue to Forest Street to Mt. Rose Street. Check route and schedule information at rtcwashoe.com.

Support Midtown Businesses:
The RTC and SNC appreciate the support and cooperation from business owners, the City of Reno, and first responders to implement accelerated construction. We encourage the community to support all businesses in Midtown during this accelerated construction period. Please contact Midtown businesses for their business hours, dining menus, pick-up and delivery options, and follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines for everyone’s safety.

About the Virginia Street Project:
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.