Hot August Nights vs. Traffic

Hot August Night participants are officially signing in today at various venues in and around the Truckee Meadows.
While the event attract vintage car enthusiast from all over the country, its those who come from our neighboring state to the west, California who have made the most effort to get here

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Construction on Interstate 80 has forced many to make other arrangements so they could get here on time for all the Hot August Night's action.

Take Interstate 80 east from California to the Nevada state line and its like driving through a straw. Its nerve wracking for us, imagine what its like trying to get your vintage car to Hot August Nights in one piece.

“Its scary when you get past Nyack, about five to ten miles past Nyack it winds up being pretty much a death trap if you aren't careful. “says Douglas Andersen from Modesto California.

The construction is expected to continue until November, and its not just east bound traffic. Here up in Truckee, west bound lanes are at times bundled into one.
A-M 1610 broadcasts continual updates on the highway construction and encourages drivers to take a look at a CALTRANS website for alternate routes.
Some drivers probably wished they had done that before heading out this afternoon as C-H-P officers were quick to warn them about slowing down and watching lane changes.
Depending upon the time of day traffic can move very slowly. But this is not news to those who came here for Hot August Nights, and they planned ahead.

“We went through one of the back roads, Grant Line to 50, caught 50 and Scott and then rest of the way up, traffic moved very well, “ says Rusty Menzel from Marysville, California..

“We should consider taking 395 if we wanted to get here at a decent time. So we know its a beautiful route and we took it and had one blow out, but made it here in one piece and having a good time,” say Missie Shaaban from Southern California who added Hot August Night’s literature and her relatives in Reno warned her about the construction.

We asked drivers if the construction would deter someone from coming here to Reno for Hot August Nights. They say there are enough diehard fans for this event, a little road construction would not stop them.



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