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December 16, 2014

Activity at Clean Water Way

We have found out what is going on at the end of the already completed Phase 1 (the Clean Water Way area) with all the trucks of material being dumped on top of the end of Phase 1; on the dirt berm that is just south of Clean Water Way.  Granite Construction, who was awarded the contract for Phase 2 (should it ever be constructed) had been doing the new runway at the Reno Tahoe Airport and if any of you had driven on Rock you could see the huge pile of debris right there around Rock and Mill.  Well, apparently the Airport wanted that pile gone so Granite got permission to bring all the material to the Phase 1 site (at the end by Clean Water Way) and distribute it on that dirt berm.  

We don't believe it can be used as fill if Phase 2 should ever get started as it is full of broken concrete and other debris, so most likely it will have to be removed and hauled away at some future time should construction ever start there.  But there are certainly a lot of truck loads being dumped there.  That is what is going on.  

The Corps and RTC

We have found out that RTC is pretty frustrated with the lack of determination from the Corps.  Apparently the Corps is still waiting on a final consultation with the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO).  We feel that once the final consultation is in, then the Corps will review and it is possible that a determination will come then.  We know that the Corps is no longer giving tentative dates for determination as they have not met the last five projected dates.  Unless something significant happens, we are not anticipating a determination before the end of the year.  (But never say never!)  Let's all just enjoy the holiday season with the fact that RTC is sitting on a $65 million dollar bridge to nowhere that is getting cobwebs on it and that is upsetting them!  Merry Christmas!

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