The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and local construction firm Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) will begin to transform Virginia Street with the start of the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project in the Midtown Reno area on Tuesday, September 4.
During construction, South Virginia Street will be open to southbound traffic only from Liberty Street to Plumb Lane. Northbound traffic from Plumb Lane past Wells Avenue will be closed. Northbound transit stops along this corridor will be closed during construction.
RTC’s Virginia Line RAPID and Route 1 will continue on their usual southbound routes and stops during construction. The northbound Virginia Line RAPID and Route 1 between Plumb Lane and Liberty Street will detour to Wells Avenue to Vesta Street to Holcomb Avenue to Burns Street to Center Street.
Virginia Line RAPID passengers who use the northbound stop at Virginia Street and Mt. Rose Street can use a temporary stop at Holcomb Avenue and Vesta Street.
Route 1 passengers can use the following temporary detour stops north of Plumb Lane:
– Wells Avenue at Casazza Drive (Route 19 stop)
– Holcomb Avenue at Vesta Street (temporary stop shared with RAPID)
– Holcomb Avenue at East Arroyo Street (temporary stop)
– South Center Street at Burns Street (RAPID stop)
– South Center Street at Moran Street (temporary stop)
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.
For more information on the project, transit stops, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit virginiastreetrapidextension.com/midtown, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.