Campaign mounted against route of new Reno road

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Updated: 7/29/2013 6:42 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A citizen's group is mounting a campaign against the route of a new road designed to ease traffic congestion between Sparks and south Reno.

Upper South East Communities Coalition leader Kim Rhodemyre says the group is outraged the 5.5-mile SouthEast Connector project has been allowed to proceed without a full environmental review.

She says the planned route is likely to increase the threat of catastrophic flooding and cause severe environmental harm.

About 100 people turned out for a rally to protest the route Saturday. They waved placards that read, "It's Not a Done," ''Protect the Wetlands" and "Road Equals Flood."

They also gathered signatures for a petition urging the Army Corps of Engineers to require the Regional Transportation Commission to conduct an environmental impact statement before continuing construction on the proposed route.

Rhodemyre says the group plans to file a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court against the RTC over the route.

RTC spokesman Michael Moreno told the Reno Gazette-Journal that research shows the chosen route is the least invasive for citizens and the environment.

He also says the request for an EIS would be very costly and a waste of taxpayer money.

Plans call for the road to connect Sparks Boulevard in Sparks and South Meadows Parkway in Reno.

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Speed - 7/29/2013 2:23 PM
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I'm sure the cost of the environmental study is a main reason they're demanding it. Maybe they'll just scrap the idea rather than spending the time and money. Has this protest group offered up any ALTERNATIVES? Maybe if they'd bring some other solutions to the table they'd be seen as a credible group. The DOT is wrong in starting work on the road before getting all their business finished though. Especially in that particular area,they should be playing it by the book. Also valid is the concern regarding no weight limits on the new road. While it would be possible to build the road bed stable enough to support Semi traffic,that would increase the build cost substantially,and I would doubt that option was considered. In the area of possible flooding,that could also be handled with proper engineering,so that needs to be made known now,before the build. I would urge the DOT's reps and engineers to sit down with the protesters and hopefully get them to explain how they plan to address these concerns,but it sounds like they (the State) intended to do a quick-n-easy,and not sweat the details.

commoncents - 7/29/2013 1:02 PM
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The Southeast Connector is also planned without load limits, meaning big rig truck traffic from the Sparks truck stops will be free to use the new road through the wetlands as a shortcut to 395 south via Mt Rose Hwy, adding to road and bridge degradation, plus increased noise and air pollution in the South Meadows. Trucks pay Federal Hwy taxes, this road is being built with local funds and is intended for local traffic. Contact NDOT, RTC and the City of Reno, and demand that load limits be enforced to prohibit heavy truck traffic on the new Southeast Connector.

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Justdoit - 7/29/2013 7:36 AM
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Sounds like the familiar old story, not in my neighborhood.

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