Opponents protest planned roundabout in Old Southwest

RENO, Nev. ( & 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.