15 Mar RTC Virginia Street Update – 3/15
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Project Update at Reno City Council and RTC Board Meetings
The RTC has been presenting information to the Reno City Council about the Virginia Street Project. In response to discussions at the Reno City Council, this letter was provided on March 12, 2019. The presentations are also available at VirginiaStreetProject.com. The RTC Board also receives monthly updates about the Virginia Street Project at its meetings, which are held the third Friday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Washoe County Complex.
Two-way Traffic on Virginia Street
We’re more than 95% done with the first phase of the Virginia Street Project and have reopened the entire corridor to two-way traffic. Drivers can still expect to see possible lane closures and traffic shifts as utility companies connect utilities throughout the corridor through the month of April.
Storm Drain Work Planned for April
In early April, the section of Virginia Street from Center Street/Mary Street to Vassar Street will close to one-way traffic to finish a storm drain system that could not be completed until utility companies are finished with their installations. Southbound traffic only is anticipated for about two weeks in early April. Northbound traffic will be detoured. Sierra Nevada Construction will allocate multiple crews to expedite this work.
Temporary Parking Removed
Temporary parking lots at Ponderosa Hotel and Shopper’s Square have been removed as of March 1, 2019. Please do not park in these lots, unless you are patronizing these businesses, or you will be towed by the business owners. Temporary parking along Virginia Street has been removed because two-way traffic has been restored to Virginia Street.
The first part of construction included utility relocations and upgrades, which took place mostly underground. When the next part of construction begins in summer of 2019, a majority of the work will take place at road level. In the interim, utility companies will continue utility-connection work throughout the corridor, but the work will only require minor lane closures or traffic shifts.
While the traffic control plans are still under review for the roadway reconstruction phase, one-way traffic will be required within the work zone. This work will occur in block segments, when construction begins again this summer.
At this time, the preliminary work plan includes beginning construction at Plumb Lane and working north. Crews will also work on side streets throughout the corridor. Construction operations will occur on one side of Virginia Street (east or west) and then switch. Visit VirginiaStreetProject.com for construction schedule information.
During this next part of construction, the community will start to see the corridor transform, including new, wide sidewalks, landscaping, new street lighting, new and updated transit stations, and major safety improvements. The RTC’s project team will have multiple crews working at the same time to expedite construction operations. This part of the construction is expected to wrap up in winter of 2020.
A new project timeline is posted on the project website. Currently, the timeline provides current, preliminary and anticipated construction operations, traffic control and schedule for upcoming transforming Virginia Street construction activities. This information will be updated in more detail when construction begins.
NEW Project Office
A new project office is coming to Midtown! Before construction begins on the next addition of Virginia Street improvements (anticipated in summer 2019) the community will have a new resource to learn about the project, ask questions and receive project information. The office will be located on Virginia Street just north of The Z Bar at 1074 S. Virginia Street. Exact timing of the office grand opening and office hours are in process and will be announced soon.
Free Transportation on St. Patrick’s Day
The RTC is marking 16 years of providing a safe transportation choice to help people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly with the FREE Safe RIDE program. Scheduled RTC transit services will be free on Sunday, March 17 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Celebrate safely. Don’t Kill A Dream.
Ask the Project Team!
Do you have a question for the Virginia Street Project team? Send your questions to info@VirginiaStreetProject.com or call us at 775-300-1848 and we’ll answer them in our next stakeholder update! You can also get project notifications by texting VIRGINIA to 797979.
The RTC is committed to open and transparent communications with the public for the work we do. Let us assure you and the Midtown community that the RTC Board and our staff welcomes and appreciates your collective voices and input to date and going forward for the project.
We look forward to enhancing and improving our continued outreach and communications with everyone and working together to ensure everyone is receiving timely and up-to-date project information.