The Road Ahead with RTC: Virginia Street Project Update

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 4:49 PM PDT
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The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County and Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) are continuing to accelerate construction operations on Virginia Street. As business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended through the end of April, the project team has identified another opportunity to fast track the project.

Virginia Street is closed to all traffic from Center Street/Mary Street to St. Lawrence Avenue. Through traffic going southbound on Virginia Street is detoured at Liberty Street, but vehicles accessing businesses will be directed by flaggers to access Virginia Street up to St. Lawrence Avenue. This closure will be effective 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week until April 30, 2020. This date is based on businesses potentially re-opening.

The segment of Virginia Street that was previously closed to traffic, from Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue to Mary Street/Center Street has been reopened to one-way traffic. Two-way traffic continues on Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street to Plumb Lane.

Side streets are open so people can access essential businesses and pick up to-go food orders from Midtown restaurants.

The RTC and SNC appreciate the support and cooperation from business owners, the City of Reno, and first responders to implement accelerated construction. We encourage the community to support all businesses in Midtown during this accelerated construction period. Please contact Midtown businesses for their business hours, dining menus, pick-up and delivery options, and follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines for everyone’s safety.

For more information on the project, construction operations, business-support opportunities and more, please visit

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