Public Comment on McCarran/Pyramid Way Expansion Extended Through April

RENO, Nev. - The Regional Transportation Commission is moving forward with plans to widen the McCarran and Pyramid Way intersection to help relieve congestion in the busy intersection.

Scott Gibson, the project manager for the expansion says they hope to begin the project by 2015.

"This has consistently been one of the highest crash locations in the Truckee Meadows, actually in the state of Nevada," he said.

The RTC is currently in the middle of a 60 day review process where the public and agencies involved with the project can review the environmental impact draft and see how they may be affected.

RTC representatives says they've listened to the public and have made adjustments to the plan to incorporate their concerns.

"This project has been moved towards the east.," Michael Moreno, public information officer for the RTC said. "We also did some redesign for Queen Way, but more importantly we did not impact the shopping center which is essential for this community."

Of course many people will still be impacted. The RTC looking to buy up about 75 homes in the area. Gibson says, while many people had initial concerns, some are warming up to the idea.

"By and large, those people are going, 'Get me out of here,'" he said. "Their homes are 20 feet from the busiest intersection in the Truckee Meadows."

Some have already moved out of the area. When the economy turned, the RTC put a hardship acquisition in place to help families in the area who needed to get out of their homes. Gibson says they acquired 3 homes through that process, and are looking to start up that program again.

Gibson also says there are a lot of rumors floating around the community about the project. He says anyone with questions should contact the RTC directly.

"Our big concern is making sure we have a good, cohesive, vibrant community when we're done," Gibson said.

The RTC will take public comment on the environmental impact draft until April 30th. To voice your concern, visit