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Highway 395 will be open for Candy Dance

Staff reports

All four lanes of Highway 395 will be open during Candy Dance weekend in order to prevent major traffic jams near Genoa Lane, said Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Magruder.

Magruder said Tuesday he spoke with Assistant District Engineer Reid Kaiser who said crews would suspend road work during the weekend.

“Four lanes will be open starting Friday morning. We worked it out. We took into consideration the amount of extra traffic,” Magruder said.

He said the work on Highway 395 won’t be completed until November, and the crew is about three days behind schedule. Pulling workers off the road for the weekend won’t have a significant effect on the schedule.

“It could have a little impact. We are a little behind right now, but they thought it would be better to shut down for the weekend, because the potential for major backup is high there,” he said.

Magruder reminded drivers coming from the north that Jacks Valley Road can be used as an alternate route, but asked visitors to be mindful that the speed limit is 35 mph on that road.

Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which includes a candy sale, craft fair and a dinner/dance.

Candy Dance will be held Saturday and Sunday in Genoa. Jacks Valley Road, Foothill Road and Genoa Lane will be closed right outside of Genoa except for local access from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

Free public parking will be available off each road and free shuttles will take visitors and exhibitors into Genoa.