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RENO, Nev. — Reno is getting ready for the annual Hot August Nights celebration that begins Tuesday, August 9 and continues through Sunday, August 14. Businesses are decorating with ‘50’s and ‘60’s memorabilia, classic car owners are polishing their cars, and venues for the various events are getting sites ready for the thousands who will enjoy the classic cars and a little nostalgia.
Hot August Night activities also mean some road closures for downtown streets during the event, according to the Traffic Division of the Reno Police Department. Sergeant Jim Stegmaier of the Traffic Division suggests motorists plan ahead for alternate routes during the Hot August Nights Celebration. “The Reno Police Department has been working with event organizers to create a safe and fun environment for this year’s event. Planning ahead for the street closures and driving carefully during the Hot August Nights event will help get you to your destination on time and keep the streets safe for everyone,” Stegmaier says.
Stegmaier says that even with the best planning efforts by the Police Department and event organizers, “there will be times when you can expect intense gird-lock conditions throughout the downtown corridor, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings (August 12-13) with traffic sometimes not clearing until the early morning hours, which may require some people to park their vehicles away from the affected area and walking to businesses or residences.”
All downtown lane restrictions and street closures will be available on an easy-to-read online map on the City of Reno website, according to Stegmaier. Visit www.reno.gov and click on the “HAN Traffic/Driving Info” link under “Spotlight On…”. Then select a date from the calendar and all City of Reno lane restrictions and road closures for that day will appear on the map. “This should make it easy to plan your route, especially during big special events like Hot August Nights,” Stegmaier says. This section also has information on I-80/395 construction and a map of all Reno-Sparks HAN activity locations.