RTC Board to Discuss Potential Design Change to the Midtown Segment of Virginia Street

The RTC is moving forward with plans to extend transit and provide roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Virginia Street. Due to concerns expressed recently to the RTC by some of the project’s stakeholders, the RTC Board of Commissioners will discuss the publicly preferred alternative design that was approved by the Reno City Council on October 7, 2015 and by the RTC Board on October 16, 2015. Specifically, the agenda includes an item that, if approved, would eliminate the design of a raised 2 foot wide center median and instead retain the existing 12 foot wide center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL) on Virginia St. from Liberty St. to Vassar St. A raised median would restrict left turn access to driveways and some intersections while a roundabout at the Center St. / Mary St. intersection would be constructed to enhance vehicular circulation. The median design would decrease vehicle conflicts and improve safety.

The current approved alternative incorporates the narrow median to allow for wide sidewalks (approximately 10 to 12 feet) within the public right-of-way that would accommodate street trees and other amenities in addition to reducing congestion and improving safety. Due to the constraints of the narrow Virginia Street corridor in the Midtown area, design of a TWLTL would eliminate the wider sidewalks, street trees and other improvements. Minimum 6 foot wide sidewalks on Virginia St. would be included and the roundabout eliminated if the redesign is approved.

The meeting will be held on Thursday January 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 E. 9th Street, Bldg. A, Reno, Nevada. Your attendance is encouraged and greatly appreciated. Agenda information can be found through this link from the RTC’s website http://www.rtcwashoe.com/about-rtc-1