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Ask Joe: Will flooding and road closure impact Air Race traffic this year?

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One of our viewers has written in with a question about the upcoming National Championship Air Races.

Steve Howard wrote in to ask with the air races coming up, how will residents of Lemmon and Antelope Valleys cope with the traffic since part of Lemmon Drive is still closed.

Here's what I found out:

I checked with Washoe County and the Air Races about this.

Washoe County and city of Reno have been working together, and the main plan of action is to alert air race fans to use Stead Boulevard to get to the air races since part of Lemmon Drive remains closed.

NDOT is also involved in this effort, and they will be placing signs along the route to make it easy for drivers to follow. Military Road is another option drivers can use, but Stead Boulevard is really the preferred route this year.

So that's the plan. Air Race officials are hoping for between 120,000 and 150,000 spectators at this year's event, which will be held September 13-17 at the Reno-Stead Airport. They told me today they really don't expect much impact at all from the flooding or the closure of Lemmon Drive.

Follow the signs and you should be just fine getting to where you need to go.

Also one other note on this topic to pass along: Washoe County officials point out sections of Lemmon Drive have been re-opened with a speed limit in those areas of 25 miles per hour. There will be extra patrols during the Air Races to make sure drivers follow that speed limit.

Of course, if you have any other questions about the upcoming event, just to go their website, airrace.org and you'll find lots of information there.


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