RTC Virginia Street Update – 3/29

Section of Virginia Street Returns to One-Way Southbound Traffic

Reno, Nevada (March 28, 2019)
The section of Virginia Street from Center Street to Vassar Street will be open to one-way southbound traffic only starting Monday, April 1 as the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County continues utility work on the Virginia Street Project. The closure is expected to last approximately three weeks. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Holcomb Avenue.
Construction crews were waiting for utility companies to connect utilities in this area before they could complete the final storm drain work for phase one of the Virginia Street Project.

The RTC encourages the community to support the businesses along this corridor, which remain open and accessible during construction.

Construction operations are weather permitting.

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, a majority of the work will take place at road level. The next phase of construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in June or July of 2019. In the interim, utility companies will continue utility-connection work throughout the corridor through the month of April, but the work will only require minor lane closures or traffic shifts.

While the traffic control plans are still under review, one-way traffic will be required within the work zone, in 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.

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.

About the Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project:

This more-than-$80-million investment in our community will create connectivity between Midtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will support economic development, enhance safety, and improve livability in the corridor.

The project addresses critical transportation needs including improving transit operations by extending the Virginia Line RAPID transit service to UNR, correcting ADA sidewalk deficiencies, improving traffic operations and beautifying the corridor. Up to 240 trees will be added to the corridor as part of the project.

The project is funded with fuel tax revenue, federal and private funds.