RTC celebrates phase two of Midtown Virginia Street project

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) held a groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of the Midtown Virginia Street Project Friday morning.

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) held a groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of the Midtown Virginia Street Project Friday morning.

The celebration happened at the South Virginia Plaza. According to RTC, during phase two of the 87-million-dollar project, crews will work on sidewalks, landscaping, new street lighting, new and updated transit stations, two new roundabouts and significant safety improvements.

RTC Executive Director Lee Gibson encouraged residents to visit Midtown during construction. Gibson said, “You are going to see results here within six months and during that, I think people are going to come down and there’s going to be a wow factor, when they’ve seen what we’ve done.”

A Midtown business owner, Diane Simon, said she supports the project and wants others to visit the area too. Simon said, “There’s ways around, people use the Lakeside access, Holcomb has a whole access for everybody behind us.”

A Reno resident, Ryan, said he is happy to see improvements. “I am happy for it, it is like an extension for downtown, you know there’s life in the day and at night now, and before it used to be a place, nobody wanted at all.”

However some residents said the construction has caused delays in their everyday commute. Reno resident Michael Moberly said the Midtown Transformation comes with growing pains.

Moberly said, “I live in the heart of Midtown and everything from going to the grocery store from doing my job has taken more time now.”

He continued, "It feels a lot more like we are living in a bigger city, which is great; I love to see development, but at the same time those growing pains affect everyone's day to day life."

RTC said the project is expected to finish in winter 2020. RTC is offering discounted Lyft rides to midtown if you use the code ‘Rapid’.

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