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Midtown road construction fast-tracked due to business closures

By Bob Conrad

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COVID-19’s impacts on the Biggest Little City continue to arise. One positive: The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County and Sierra Nevada Construction are accelerating construction operations on Virginia Street in Midtown.

“This is great news for all Midtown businesses,” said Rum Sugar Lime business owner Larry DeVincenzi. “The RTC and SNC reached out to us, they listened, and we support their plan to expedite the project. This project is going to be great when it’s done.”

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 6 a.m., Virginia Street will be closed from Mary Street and Center Street (roundabout construction) to Mt. Rose Street.

Traffic will be detoured to Holcomb Avenue.

“There will be no through traffic for this section of Virginia Street, but side streets will remain open so people can access essential businesses and pick up their to-go food orders from Midtown restaurants,” RTC officials said in a statement. “This closure will be effective 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week until April 17, 2020. This date is based on businesses potentially re-opening, per the governor’s mandate.”

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