July 10, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is continuing the transformation of Virginia Street. Starting on Friday, July 12, the RTC will close the Virginia Street/Wells Avenue intersection for about three weeks for construction work as part of the Virginia Street Project. During the closure, Virginia Street will temporarily return to two-way traffic between Plumb Lane and Regency Way.

Also, starting on Monday, July 15, the RTC plans to close Moran Street to through traffic from Virginia Street to Center Street for six to eight weeks. East Taylor Street will close to through traffic on Thursday, July 18, from Virginia Street to Center Street for six to eight weeks, as well. Businesses remain open and accessible during construction. It’s business as usual in Midtown.

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.