By Jennifer Mochel
The Reno-Tahoe Airport is urging the community to protect its 580 ramp access to the airport. According to the airport, the Nevada Department of Transportation plans to remove the I580 direct exit ramp as part of its Spaghetti Bowl improvements.
Airport authorities said the removal will create traffic concerns for millions of travelers. It opposes NDOT’s plan because it creates a one-way in-and-out of the airport, increasing safety and security vulnerabilities.
Removal of the ramp eliminates all but one access route for first responders in the event of an active shooter event, terrorist activity, aircraft incident, or other mass casualty crisis, airport CEO Marily Mora posted on Facebook yesterday.
The resulting bottleneck traffic into and out of the airport via Plumb Lane by competing passenger cars, rideshare, shuttle buses, taxis, rentals cars and other modes of transportation will increase congestion, Mora said.
As it stands, the improvement project will negatively impact 4.2 million travelers who bring in over $3 billion in economic revenue, according to Mora. “RNO needs help from the community for support to help save the freeway entrance ramp by providing feedback at NDOT’s public hearing on the matter.”
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Final Public Hearing on Spaghetti Bowl Project
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 3 pm to 7:30 pm
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Room A-3
The hearing will be an open house with exhibits of the project on display and a presentation. The same presentation will be made at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
Project representatives will be available to discuss the project, take comments and answer questions.
All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and to present relevant verbal and/or written testimony.
Written comments, questions or exhibits can be submitted to:
Dale Keller, Project Manager – NDOT
1263 S. Stewart St.
Carson City NV 89712
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments must be postmarked/received by 5 pm, January 15, 2019.