I-80 re-open with controls, trucks prohibited from state line to Applegate

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Updated: 12/24/2012 11:23 am
UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. -- Nevada Highway Patrol officials say Interstate I-80 is re-open to passenger traffic on the Nevada side of the state line.

I-80 is closed to trucks from the Nevada-California state line to Applegate, Calif., according to the CalTrans website.

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 7 miles east of Truckee to 1 mile east of Baxter, Calif.

CalTrans advises all drivers to use an alternate route if possible.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. -- I-80 is closed at Truckee to westbound traffic, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch.

News 4's crew on the scene says westbound traffic is being turned back as far as Gold Ranch, CalTrans workers on the road say only Truckee residents are being allowed to go through.

Drivers are advised to take an alternate route.

CHP says I-80 eastbound toward the California-Nevada stateline is open with chain requirements, but traffic is moving very slowly.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. -- I-80 is open to all vehicles with some restrictions, according to the CalTrans website.

Snow chains are required on all non-4-wheel-drive vehicles from three miles east of Gold Run to the Nevada-California state line. 

Westbound trucks are being screened five miles west of Reno and eastbound trucks are being screened at Applegate. Drivers must have maximum chains with them to continue. 

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. -- I-80 is now open to passenger vehicles, according to the CalTrans website. Snow chains are required on all non-4-wheel-drive vehicles from Nyack to the Nevada-California state line.

I-80 remains closed to trucks from Applegate to the state line.

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Interstate 80 is closed to all traffic from the Nevada-California state line west to Colfax because of spin-outs, according to the California Department of Transportation website.

It is closed to trucks from the state line west to Applegate. CalTrans advises that trucks use an alternate route.

Chains are required on all vehicles without 4-wheel-drive from three miles east of Gold Run to the Nevada-California state line.
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Speed - 12/22/2012 4:25 PM
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You have it right-four wheel drive may pull you forward on slick roads,but it won't stop you any faster. Remember the old Jeep commercials,"we can go anywhere-we're in a JEEP." A friend who owns a Towing Co. used to LOVE those ads;the results of those ads enticing new Jeep owners to get horribly stuck enabled him to buy two new wreckers! Drive safe,people-don't become statistics! Merry Christmas!

Debbie - 12/22/2012 1:19 PM
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I agree Oliver, people drive too fast in adverse conditions and people with the 4-wheel drive think they are gods out there. Yes I have 4- wheel drive but I know when to slow down. 4-wheel drive can and still will get stuck and spin out. I grew up in Nebraska so I know all about driving in heavy snow, slick icy roads. Even back there, people with 4-wheel drive think they are god on the road, but who do you see in the ditch more? Yes 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Oliver - 12/22/2012 12:32 PM
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If people would just slow down. The pretentious California who doesn't think these "road conditions" apply to him,or the macho Nevada Man in the big truck with wide mirrors and 4 wheel drive, you are all driving TOO FAST. Slow down, don't go over 25 mph, sure it will take you longer, but now how longer will you be now that you've spun out and can't move?

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