Virginia Street lanes back open, midtown businesses expect uptick in customers


    An updated photo from the RTC of open lanes on Virginia Street.

    After months of construction, both lanes on Virginia Street are now back open.

    The RTC is more than 95% done with the first phase of construction.

    While both lanes are back open, drivers should still expect to see possible lane closures and traffic shifts through the month of April.

    According to the RTC, the section of Virginia Street from Center Street to Vassar Street will close to one-way traffic, as crews finish a storm drain system.

    While that work is being completed, only southbound traffic will be open for about two weeks in early April.

    Temporary parking along Virginia Street will be removed as two-way traffic is restored to Virginia Street. Temporary parking lots at Ponderosa Hotel and Shopper’s Square have also been removed as of March 1, 2019.

    Roadwork construction in the summer will start on Plumb Lane, as crews work north.

    After the roadwork construction this summer, Virginia Street will feature wide sidewalks, new street lighting, and updated transit stations.

    RTC expects to wrap up this part of construction in by winter of 2020.

    Although both lanes on Virginia street have only been open for a short time, some midtown businesses are already starting to feel the positive effects.

    “I’m enjoying the heck out of it,” said Emily Felch, owner of Natural Selection. “It’s nice that we’ve had a lot more people in this morning. I’ve seen a lot more traffic down here so it’s nice to it open back up.”

    Other Midtown business owners, like Jesus Gutierrez, owner of Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, are also excited about the re-opening of the lanes. Gutierrez says just in the first day since the lanes re-opened, he’s already seen a 10% increase in business.

    “It’s going to be great,” said Gutierrez. “When it’s all completed and finished, I think this whole Midtown area is just gonna be so beautiful.”

    For complete updates on the Virginia Street Project, visit the RTC's website.

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