Group Protests Southeast Connector Project

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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.