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Old 09-18-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Avoid I 80/395 interchange in Reno

If you saw my post ("Spokane to Fernely") about a Nor Cal local advising me to avoid the I 80/395 interchange in Reno, he spoke the truth. After reaching Fernley via the back door on 447 and dropping anchor to work for Amazon for the fall, we drove through Sparks/Reno and through this interchange to get to the Reno Air Races. We wanted to see if it was as bad as the guy said it was. In short?...It is. Avoid it with any large rig if at all possible. Traffic is terrible and the interchange would be a confusing mess without construction, but with this never-ending pork project construction on-going, it's a real hazard. New report just out today (9/18/12) from NHP says that injury accidents are up 45% at that interchange since construction began. This CF has been going on for 3 years...yup, THREE years with no end to the construction in sight. Take another route if you can, or you could time it so you go through it at 3:30 am I guess. Ugly.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Driving thru there a couple weeks ago, someone swerved into my lane, going way too fast, and removed my mirror with their toy hauler. Lucky they didn't take out the awning or the whole side of the rig. Granite swears the construction will be done this September 20 with only minor work continuing until the end of the year.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:36 PM   #3
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I'll be traveling through Reno heading east on 80 - coming down 395 with motorhome towing a utility trailer. What route do you suggest to avoid that interchange? Also will need to take on diesel in that area, suggestions? Thanks
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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I live in Reno, 395 S is no issue. 395 N, avoid 5:00 rid hour. They just opened all lanes on I80 today,(during the day but still construction at night).
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I agree with Scooby Mike, we used to live there and the improvements that have been made to that intersection are 500% better than it used to be. We just went through there last week and like any other city we try to go through mid morning when they are all at work and before the noon hour when they are running errands. This strategy helped us go through OKC, Amarillo, Alb, NM, Las Vegas, NV and Reno with no issues. IMHO, there's no good alternative to avoid Reno. 1ciderdog, there are a couple of truck stops in Sparks (one is at McCarran and a little further out is a TA) that are easy in & out, check your Next Exit Guide
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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Diesel is cheaper in Carson City than in Reno and Dayton is cheaper than CC (if you are going that way)
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Thanks for the responses. I've traveled 395 to I-80 both directions several times without problem but it sounded like some are having problems in that area. I thought maybe something new had come up. I have fueled at McCarren a few of times - also Pacific Pride in Reno - but may try the TA this trip. Again thanks for the information.
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Some good news regarding 395 is the new section bypassing Washoe is now open. No more stop light or 50 mph speed limit throught that area. But be aware, it will drive your GPS devices nuts
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #9
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The folks that say they live there and "it's fine" drive it all the time. When you drive it every day you get used to it and thus it's no problem, particularly in a car or small rig, but for those just passing thru with a big rig or towing a 40' trailer and are unfamiliar with this interchange, it can be a problem...and I've talked to pleanty of locals here that don't have anything good to say about it also. It's a total bottleneck with semi's thrown in for entertainment. While I'm just tossing out my opinion after 30 years of RV'ing and 30k miles in the western states, the NHP stats are in stone. The construction in the interchange is a hazard. I will personally avoid it with my rig if at all possible. It may not be possible for you to do so, depending on where you're going to, or coming from. If you're wanting to end up east of Reno/Sparks, take a look at 447. I came this way from Lakeview OR, this time and I liked it. It's all just food for thought. Good travels. Also, cheapest diesel fuel I've found in the entire area is 4.17 (today - 9/20) gal in Fernley, but use Gas Buddy...it really helps. Happy Trails
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #10
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i don't live there or lay any claim to it but have been through there several time including in june and have no clue what is so difficult about this intersection if you follow the signs even the ones painted on the road make it very simple and easy.
maybe you had a bad day but please don't try to scare the hundred's that use it
without any difficulties
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I drove through that interchange two days ago, heading south on 395 onto 80 east. This was mid day and absolutely no problem or area of concern. I'm driving a 40 foot motor home towing a 16 foot trailer. If I had a concern at all it was on 80 heading east when the lanes reduce to two.
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When I went through on I-80 eastbound last weekend all the lanes were open...

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