RTC Virginia Street Update – 3/8


Construction crews lower a concrete box structure near Junkee Clothing Exchange on Virginia Street.

Construction crews lower a concrete box structure near Junkee Clothing Exchange on Virginia Street.

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.

Reno City Council Presentation Update

The Reno City Council requested that the RTC provide an update about the Virginia Street Project at its February 27, 2019 meeting. The Reno City Council asked the RTC to review the design of the project, including one-way traffic on Virginia Street, angled parking, tree lighting and wayfinding. The RTC is reviewing these design elements for feasibility, project cost and potential project delay.

The RTC and the City of Reno also discussed benches and bike racks. During the past couple of months, the RTC and the City of Reno have been discussing the design, funding and quantity of benches and bike racks in the Midtown corridor. Through a potential mutual agreement between the RTC and the City of Reno, an interlocal agreement is being drafted that would provide the City of Reno with funding that would enable the City of Reno to design, purchase and install benches and bike racks in Midtown.

The RTC will continue to update stakeholders with more information about these project elements as it becomes available.

City of Reno to Receive Art Grant for Midtown District

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.

Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to the City of Reno for a public art project in the Midtown District. The City of Reno was awarded the largest grant amount from the State of Nevada applicants. Click here for the full press release from the City of Reno.

New project renderings are available on the project website.
New project renderings are available on the project website.


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!