July 1, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County plans to reopen Virginia Street to two-way traffic up to Center Street/Mary Street on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in the afternoon. Beginning late Thursday, two-way traffic will be in place within the project limits on Virginia Street from Plumb Lane to Center Street/Mary Street. The roadwork in this segment of the project is substantially complete.

The roundabout at Center Street/Mary Street is open to traffic; however, drivers will not be able to go north on Virginia Street from the roundabout. Southbound-traffic only is still in place on Virginia Street from Liberty Street to Center Street/Mary Street.

In preparation for the opening of the roundabouts as part of the Virginia Street Project, the RTC encourages the community to view the video, “How to Safely Drive Through a Roundabout,” produced by the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

The RTC plans to reopen the entire Midtown segment of the Virginia Street Project, up to Liberty Street, back to two-way traffic in mid-August. This segment of the project is anticipated to be substantially complete three months ahead of schedule.

Transit Detour:
Beginning on Friday, July 3, RTC’s RAPID Virginia Line, and UNR-Midtown Direct will both return to their regular northbound and southbound routes. RTC’s Route 1 northbound service will detour at Center Street until the Midtown project is substantially complete in mid-August. Check route and schedule information at rtcwashoe.com.

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 the University of Nevada, Reno. The project represents an $87-million investment in our community.

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.