July 19, 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.

  •  Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26: Regency Way/Virginia Street intersection will close to westbound traffic. Northbound traffic will still be able to go up and make a right eastbound onto Regency Way. Traffic from the shopping center will still be able to go straight through the light heading eastbound. This closure will be in place so that crews can do concrete work.
  • Saturday, July 27, Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2: Wells Avenue, Holcomb Avenue and Regency Way will close at Virginia Street for paving during normal construction hours. During these closures, there will be two-way traffic on Virginia Street to Vassar Street. Access will be restored as soon as possible.
  • Tuesday, July 23: Martin Street will close between Virginia Street and Haskell Street for six to eight weeks for roadway and sidewalk demolition and reconstruction.
  • Side Streets: Construction continues on side streets in Midtown, including Tahoe Street, St. Lawrence Avenue, E. Taylor Street and Moran Street.

Businesses remain open and accessible during construction. It’s business as usual in Midtown. 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 a more-than-$87 million investment in the region.

The work plan includes beginning construction on Virginia Street at Mt. Rose Street and working south to Plumb Lane. Crews will also work on nine side streets throughout the corridor. Construction operations will occur on one side of Virginia Street, in segments (east or west) and then switch. Construction on Tahoe St., St. Lawrence Ave., Moran St., E. Taylor St., Martin St. and Caliente St. will take place between June and September 2019. Construction on Stewart St., Cheney St., and Arroyo St. will take place between August and October 2019. No two consecutive side streets will be closed at the same time.

Construction at the northern section of the project by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) will begin in spring 2020.

The RTC’s project team will 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 VirginiaStreetProject.com, text Virginia to 797979, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VirginiaStreetProject.