All roads DON’T lead to Candy Dance |

All roads DON’T lead to Candy Dance

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

Genoa’s 80th annual Candy Dance kicks off in one week, but getting there and back may not be much of a treat.

The three roads leading through the town will be blocked from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to all but emergency and town traffic. And parts of Highway 395, the only public access to Genoa Lane, will most likely be restricted to one lane in each direction because of the $10 million resurfacing project that has been under way since July.

Candy Dance organizers are recommending Jacks Valley and Foothill roads, the other routes to Genoa, to anyone who plans to attend.

“The construction is not stopping for us or God or anybody,” said town secretary Alice Rogers. “It’s going to make an impossible situation a little worse.”

Up to 60,000 people may attend the two-day event, which includes a candy sale, craft fair and various activities that generate most of the town’s yearly funding. The crowd means long lines of cars going to and from the town when all four lanes of Highway 395 are open, so the restrictions are expected to add some time to the trip.

Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Magruder said work on Highway 395 will probably be suspended for the weekend, but lane closures are inevitable.

“We’re going to try to do everything we can not to impact the traffic during the Candy Dance,” he said. “The problem is, we may have to keep a lane closed, especially southbound. They’re pulverizing the pavement, and they can’t just open it up right away.”

The highway will also be carrying traffic that would otherwise go through Genoa on Foothill and Jacks Valley roads.

Genoa’s streets were closed to all but resident and emergency traffic in 1999 to alleviate congestion and double-parking that occurred in previous years, and the same closures are planned this year.

Shuttle buses will run between Genoa and parking areas on Genoa Lane, Foothill Road and Jacks Valley roads. Signs advising of the closed roads and recommended detours will be placed on each route.

The highway work includes resurfacing 395 from Carson City to the middle of Minden and adding a third southbound lane between the Carson City line and Jacks Valley Road. Magruder said Frehner Construction, the contractor, is on schedule to meet a Nov. 1 deadline for completion.