Residents rally against Southeast Connector, RTC responds

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 7/27/2013 7:22 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The RTC's Southeast Connector is a six-lane road planned to run from Sparks to South Meadows as an alternate route to 395.

But some residents are concerned about nearby wetlands and the effect the new six lane road Could have on flooding.

More than 60 people lined South McCarran Boulevard with posters asking people to stop and sign their petition. 

"The signatures are for when we file our public comment to the Army Corps of Engineers," said Kim Rhodemyre.

Tthey're opposing the Southeast Connector Project. 

"We're not against a road," Rhodemyre said. "We just want to make sure that the alignment that they chose is not environmentally damaging."

But they're not just hitting the streets, Rhodemyre said they're taking their cause to court.

"Our group is filing suit in federal court against the Army Corps of Engineers and the RTC to require the RTC to follow the Clean Water Act," Rhodemyre said.

But RTC spokesman Michael Moreno said they're already doing that.

"The RTC has fully complied with both the spirit and letter of the Clean Water Act and has proceeded in accordance with the United States Army Corps of Engineers process," Moreno said.

The group also wants the RTC to do an environmental impact study for the entire 5.5 mile road.

Moreno said they weren't required to for phase one. If the Army Corps of Engineers requires an EIS for phase two, they'll do it.

"If an EIS is not required it would be irresponsible for the RTC to waste taxpayer dollars to conduct an EIS," Moreno said.

Rhodemyre said they didn't have any public notice the project would be split into two phases, but Moreno said they've been actively engaging the public on the issue since 2007.

"We have hosted over 100 public meetings with the community to provide information and hear comments about the project," Moreno said.
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PhotoMan - 7/28/2013 10:16 AM
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Wonder why the RTC spokesperson sounds defensive and angry. Usually belies something amiss. Otherwise you just state the facts calmly and positively.

vietnamvet25 - 7/28/2013 9:38 AM
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I think there are just folks that can't accept the fact that RTC did what was required and had all the meetings for these people to protest and it still passed.
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