February 4, 2020

Construction on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County’s Virginia Street Project in Midtown is on schedule and the construction limits are moving northward to Liberty Street on February 10, 2020. Construction operations will also begin to switch to the east side of Virginia Street within the construction zone.

Virginia Street will be open to one-way, southbound-only traffic within the construction zone, from Liberty Street to Vassar Street. All businesses remain open and accessible. The community is encouraged to continue to support businesses within the construction zone.

Construction crews will be removing existing sidewalks, curbs and gutters to install new infrastructure. At some locations, these removals will begin at business store fronts and boardwalks will be installed to access those businesses. Businesses will be notified in advance of construction activity.

Construction will continue through the winter months. The type of construction crews are able to do during colder temperatures is different than in warmer temperatures. Crews will be focusing on concrete work and sidewalks over the next few months. Roadway paving will take place in the spring when temperatures are warmer.

Coffee with the Construction Team:

The community is invited to meet with RTC and Sierra Nevada Construction project team members get construction information and ask questions on Friday, February 7, any time between 10 a.m. to noon at JoStella Coffee Co., 701 South Virginia Street, Reno.

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 UNR. The project represents an $87-million investment in our community.

Project Schedule:

  • Winter 2019 through spring 2020 – Work on Virginia Street sidewalks and paving from Mt. Rose Street northward to Center Street. Construction of the Mary/Center Street roundabout. All concrete work from Mt. Rose Street to Liberty Street. Transit station work in Midtown.
  • Spring through winter 2020 – Roadwork and paving from Mt. Rose Street to Liberty Street.
  • Spring 2020 through fall 2020 – Road work and roundabout construction at University of Nevada, Reno area; work on new transit stations begin.

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.