Transportation officials met with North Valleys residents Thursday at O’Brien Middle School to present possible solutions to the region’s noted traffic problems.
Officials from the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Washoe County Board of Commissioners, City of Reno and the Nevada Department of Transportation presented options for short-term fixes to problem areas in the valley.
RTC officials said they have $3.5 million from road impact fees for projects.
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Residents expressed frustration with the continued residential and industrial development in the area. County and city officials were blamed for approving development projects without associated traffic mitigation, saying the $3.5 million falls short.
Reno City Councilman Paul McKenzie acknowledged the problems and said that funding for long-term solutions has not been found.
RTC officials said their role is to address traffic and pedestrian issues. Growth and development would have to be tackled by the Reno City Council and Washoe County Commission.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.