North Valleys North Virginia Street Capacity Project

The North Valleys North Virginia Street Capacity Project is a transformative effort to address the growing congestion along North Virginia Street, one of Reno’s key thoroughfares. As the City of Reno experiences increased population and the expansion of manufacturing employment centers in the North Valleys, there is an ongoing need for improved infrastructure.

Currently, the section of North Virginia Street from Panther Drive to Stead Boulevard is characterized by one lane in each direction, with intermittent sections featuring a center turn lane. In response to the escalating traffic demands, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, in collaboration with the City of Reno and dedicated regional partners, is embarking on a comprehensive redesign and capacity-improvement initiative.

The RTC’s goal is to create a reconfigured, wider, and safer roadway that will include two lanes in each direction. This strategic enhancement will not only alleviate the current congestion on North Virginia Street, but is also anticipated to relieve traffic pressure on nearby U.S. 395. This project is more than just a construction effort; it is an investment in the future of our community, facilitating smoother commutes, improved safety, and enhanced connectivity.

Join the RTC in the journey to create a more accessible, efficient, and vibrant North Virginia Street, making Reno’s growth and development even more sustainable. Together, we are paving the way for a brighter transportation future.

Project Benefits:

– Two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane
– A separated, shared-use path and improved connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists
– New crosswalks at select locations

Project Survey:

We need the community’s help! Please take this quick, 3-minute survey to let us know how you use this corridor and what improvements you’d like to see. Our team of roadway designers will use this information as the project moves through the design process. The survey is open through May 22.

Project Timeline:

The project is underway with early scoping and schedule items. The project team is currently performing survey, geotechnical investigations, hydrology/hydraulics analysis and traffic modeling.

Please note, construction will not occur at the same time as U.S. 395 improvements.

A public meeting is anticipated in summer or fall 2024.

Project Investment:

This project represents an approximate $30.5 million investment in our community. It is funded with RTC Fuel Tax.

Project Manager

Garrett Rodgers, P.E.
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
[email protected]