August 8, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is continuing the transformation of Virginia Street. There will be some upcoming changes to your commute as you head to Midtown Reno.

Starting on Tuesday, August 13, through fall 2019, construction operations on Virginia Street between Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue and Plumb Lane will switch from the east to the west side of the roadway. Drivers will be able to drive southbound only on Virginia Street between Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue and Regency Way. Two-way traffic will remain in place on Virginia Street north of Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue and south of Regency Way.

Construction continues on side streets in Midtown, including Tahoe Street, St. Lawrence Avenue, E. Taylor Street, Moran Street, Martin Street and Arroyo Street. Construction on Cheney Street and Caliente Street is anticipated to begin in late August, followed by Stewart Street in early September. No two consecutive side streets will be closed at the same time.

It’s business as usual in Midtown. Businesses are open and accessible during construction. Please continue to support Midtown businesses during construction.

About the Virginia Street Project:

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

Project Schedule:

  • Summer through fall 2019 – Work on nine side streets in Midtown and work on Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue to Plumb Lane.
  • Winter 2019 through spring 2020 – Work on Virginia Street sidewalks and paving from Mt. Rose Street northward to Center Street.
  • Spring through winter 2020 – Work on Virginia Street sidewalks and paving continuing northward to Liberty Street and the installation of a roundabout at Center Street.
  • Spring 2020 through fall 2020 – University of Nevada, Reno, road work and transit stations begin.

The RTC’s project team will be working Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. expedite construction operations. Completion of the entire project is expected to wrap up in winter of 2020, weather permitting.

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, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VirginiaStreetProject.