September 25, 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 Monday, September 30, construction operations on Virginia Street will progress north of the current construction limits at Vassar Street to Center Street. As construction on Virginia Street moves northward, the road will be open to southbound-only traffic between Center Street and Regency Way. Two-way traffic will remain in place on Virginia Street south of Regency Way and north of Center Street.

Northbound traffic will be detoured at Regency Way to Wells Avenue to Vassar Street to Holcomb Avenue. At the Holcomb Avenue/Burns Street intersection, Sierra Nevada Construction will create a left turn from northbound Holcomb Avenue so drivers can access Virginia Street from Center Street. This configuration will remain in place through mid-October.

The RTC plans to reopen the segment of construction on Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street to Plumb Lane back to two-way traffic in November.

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. to 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.