Opponents protest planned roundabout in Old Southwest

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Updated: 6/04/2014 11:35 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- As a summer of road constructions projects heats up here in the Truckee Meadows, a project to replace the traffic light at the intersection of Mayberry and Hunter Lake with a roundabout is making for a war of words.

Opponents of a planned traffic roundabout took their concerns to the streets Wednesday evening in a show of protest. Some neighbors and business owners in the area  say they are against the Regional Transportation Commission's plan to turn the intersection into a roundabout.

RTC says the roundabout is being considered as a way to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.

But opponents say they are concerned about the safety of nearby school children if the roundabout is built. They're also concerned that large firetrucks at a nearby Reno Fire Department station will not be able to safely navigate the roundabout, without impeding their response time.

Many of the protesters and opponents to the project say they do not feel the Regional Transportation Commission is listening to their concerns.

"We would like them to thoroughly consider this project before plowing into it. We're hoping it will make a difference in them thinking about all these issues. We really feel it's important," said Julie Wheeler, who owns a hair salon on Hunter Lake Drive.

RTC spokesman Joe Harrington said no final decisions have been made on the project.

"It's not a done deal. We are still getting public input, we are still at the very beginning of this process as to what's going to happen at Mayberry and Hunter Lake."

Harrington says his agency has received both positive and negative feedback about the project.

Opponents have also started a petition drive. They are collecting signatures which they will submit to RTC in hopes of blocking the project.
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rosybicyclist - 6/16/2014 2:04 PM
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What about bicyclists? This could be a Death Trap for Bicyclists. Having bicyclists compete with with motor vehicles in a roundabout is an extremely dangerous situation. Currently there are painted bicycle lanes on Mayberry on both sides of Hunter Lake Drive. What would happen to them if a roundabout is installed?

BruceWayne - 6/8/2014 5:42 PM
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If it's going to be build, do them wright. So far they are pretty useless, very confusing and hard to navigate. But, that's typical Reno, can't do anything wright.

ScottRAB - 6/5/2014 3:40 PM
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Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x).

Kramer - 6/4/2014 5:04 PM
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tRTC had a bunch of meetings about Keystone Ave. Plenty of helmeted bike advocates were there to fine-tune RTC's micro-managing of their interests and infrastructure. Meanwhile, after 3 years or more, the interchange under I-80 at Keystone-and the connecting ramps- are a cratered, rumpled mess owing to the overburdened construction traffic they endured. Howsabout some un-deferred maintenance, RTC?

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