February 21, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is more than 80% done with the first part of the Virginia Street Project. As part of the utility work for the project, the RTC plans to temporarily close Virginia Street from Thoma Street to St. Lawrence Avenue from Monday, February 25 – Thursday, February 28.

Southbound traffic on Virginia Street will be detoured at California Avenue to Forest Street to St. Lawrence Avenue. All diagonal temporary parking along north Virginia Street in front of Sticks and Recycled Records will be eliminated on Monday, February 25.  Temporary parking will be available until March 1 at the marked parking lot behind the Ponderosa Hotel near the intersection of Forest and Tahoe Streets.

The construction work is part of major utility work to maintain and modify the Cochran Ditch to accommodate surface improvements for the Virginia Street Project. The Cochran Ditch is part of the City of Reno’s storm drain system that transports runoff to Virginia Lake.

Businesses along this corridor remain open and accessible during construction.

Construction on the first part of the Virginia Street Project is anticipated to wrap up in March. The RTC plans to reopen sections of Virginia Street as construction operations allow. Even as sections are reopened, drivers can still expect to see possible lane closures and traffic shifts as utility companies connect utilities throughout the corridor.

About the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension 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, Twitter, and Instagram.