Crews continue to work on Midtown Project

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County continues to revitalize Virginia Street in Midtown.

Starting Monday construction operations on Virginia Street will progress north of the current construction limits at Mt. Rose Street to Vassar Street. According to RTC Virginia Street will be open to southbound-only traffic between Vassar Street and Regency Way.

Two-way traffic will remain in place on Virginia Street south of Regency Way and north of Vassar Street. Northbound traffic will be detoured at Regency Way to Wells Avenue to Holcomb Avenue.

Crews will work on sidewalk demolition and reconstruction. Lauren Ball with RTC said, “This project is really going to transform Virginia Street with wider sidewalks, new roadways, safety improvements, and also new things like lighting and landscaping.”

Ball said drivers should pay extra attention when they drive through Midtown. "We really encourage people, be safe, watch for cones, watch for construction workers out there," she said.

Some side streets off Virginia Street like St. Lawrence are near completion except for finishing touches like landscaping.

Project Schedule:
• Summer through fall 2019 - Work on nine side streets in Midtown and work on Virginia Street from Mt. Rose Street/Holcomb Avenue to Plumb Lane.
• Winter 2019 through spring 2020 - Work on Virginia Street sidewalks and paving from Mt. Rose Street northward to Center Street.
• Spring through winter 2020 - Work on Virginia Street sidewalks and paving continuing northward to Liberty Street and the installation of a roundabout at Center Street.
• Spring 2020 through fall 2020 - University of Nevada, Reno, road work and transit stations begin.

The $87 million project is expected to be complete by winter of 2020.

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