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Appeals Court Denies Attempt To Block Reno-Sparks Bypass

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Opponents of a major road bypass project linking southeast Reno to Sparks have lost another bid to block the Southeast Connector.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a federal appeals court late last week turned down an emergency request for an injunction that would have halted construction of the 4.5-mile roadway.

The Upper South East Communities Coalition clams the project could increase flood danger to nearby neighborhoods, impact sensitive wetlands and cause mercury contamination.

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Regional Transportation Commission executive director Lee Gibson says construction will continue even as the appeal is considered in federal court.

The coalition is appealing a June 3 decision by a federal judge in its lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers, which gave the commission a permit to build through a wetland area.