RTC Virginia Street Update – 3/1

Support Midtown District Reno businesses! Be sure to join Rue Bourbon Reno for a fun #MardiGras celebration this weekend! RTC will have a #VirginiaStreetProject team table on Saturday to answer your questions about the project and show you what the corridor will look like when construction is complete.

  • Friday Night Live Music with The Sextones followed by a DJ until Midnight
  • Saturday, a classic New Orleans buffet being served from 12-3, classic cocktails and Lead Dog Beer
    DJ runs from 2-5:30, The Novelists perform from 8-10 followed by a DJ until Midnight, beer, beads and music!
  • Sunday, Crawfish Boil!! 12-4 Live music and strolling brass bands, plenty of beer and cocktails to enjoy Funday.
  • Face painting and balloon twisters on site both days.

Upcoming Construction Activities and Next Steps

The project team plans to partially reopen Virginia Street to two-way traffic from Plumb Lane to Center Street Friday, March 15, weather permitting. The remainder of the Virginia Street corridor from Center Street to Liberty Street will remain open to southbound traffic only as crews continue utility work.

The RTC is planning to reopen sections of the project to two-way traffic through March as construction operations allow. Even as sections are reopened, drivers can still expect to see possible lane closures and traffic shifts as utility companies connect utilities throughout the corridor.

Temporary Parking Removed

Temporary parking lots at Ponderosa Hotel and Shopper’s Square will be removed beginning March 1, 2019. Please do not park in these lots or you will be towed by the business owners.  Temporary parking along Virginia Street will be removed as two-way traffic is restored to Virginia Street throughout March. 

What’s next?

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.

After the utility work by the utility companies is done, a new traffic control plan will be in place. While the traffic control plans are still under review, one-way traffic will be required within the work zone 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.

During this next part of construction, the community will start to the corridor transform, including new, wider sidewalks, landscaping, new lighting, new and updated transit stations, and major safety improvements. The RTC’s project team will have multiple crews working at the same time, just like in the first part of the project, to help finish the project more quickly and impact businesses for as little time as possible. This part of the construction is expected to wrap up in 2020.



Transforming Virginia Street Fit “N” February

Thank you to everyone who shared their healthy Midtown experience on social media using #VirginiaStreetProject during Fit “N” February.” Participants received gift card/certificates to Midtown businesses including: Basik Acai Cafe, Sports West Athletic Club,  Hello YogaThe Studio, Pinnacle Wellness and Spa and Martial Arts on the Move.



Lyft Partnership: 50 Percent Off Trips TO Midtown

Visit your favorite Midtown businesses during construction using Lyft! We’re offering a 50-percent-off coupon, up to $10 off, to any rider going INTO Midtown. To use the coupon:

  • Input the code RAPID directly into your Lyft app in the “promo” section, or
  • Click here to visit our custom claim site
  • Click here for Midtown limits


The code is valid for trips into the Midtown area within the construction zone. The code is valid for trips originating from anywhere in our community that is outside of the Midtown District.


Adjacent Projects

The RTC project team is coordinating closely with other construction projects happening near the corridor.

NV Energy is working on a gas main replacement on Wells Avenue, between Moran Street and Ryland Street. Night work is possible.  Please call (702) 402-5555 for more information.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority is anticipated to begin work on improvements between Gordon Avenue and Arlington Avenue.  Please call (775) 834-8080 for more information.

NOTE: Traffic control is subject to change and weather permitting.

Share Your Midtown Experience #VirginiaStreetProject

Congratulations to Amy. She shared her Midtown experience and will receive a $10 gift card to Moo Dang.

Don’t forget to share your experience while visiting any Midtown business by using #VirginiaStreetProject on Facebook or Instagram for the chance to receive a $10 gift card to Moo Dang Thai Restaurant.  We will randomly select one recipient every week during construction. Please make sure your post and photo are publicly visible to be eligible!