The Road Ahead with RTC: Virginia Street Project Update

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 4:40 PM PDT
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Construction crews continue work on the RTC’s Virginia Street Project in Midtown. Construction has been underway for the past two months, and the RTC is right on schedule.

This phase of construction is divided into segments, and right now the RTC is working on the section of Virginia Street from Plumb Lane to Mt. Rose Street. We’re also concentrating on the side streets so that those will be complete as construction moves north on Virginia Street. That will help with parking and access later on in the project.

The first part of the project was utility work, which was largely underground. This phase of the project is where you’ll really start to see the transformation take place, with features like wide sidewalks, new pavement, lighting and safety improvements. The RTC will also be adding about 240 new trees to the Virginia Street corridor. When it’s complete, it’s going to look great, and it will also be easier and safer for everyone to get around Midtown.

It’s incredibly important for our community to continue to support Midtown businesses during construction. People can help by continuing to come to Midtown to shop, eat, drink and enjoy entertainment. Even though there are cones in parts of Midtown, all businesses are open and accessible during construction. We’ve even created extra parking for people at the marked lot behind the Ponderosa, near Tahoe and Forest Streets. Our project team makes an extra effort to support businesses during construction, and we hope our community will, too.

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