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gonealookin:
MOD NOTE: This post was split off from the general “California” thread. —Roadfro

There's no thread for general comments about Nevada so I thought I'd bring this up here.  Lake Tahoe is mostly in California anyway, so, close enough.

In most of Nevada, either chains on the drive wheels or snow tires on all four make a vehicle legal when chain controls are in effect.  Starting this winter, on Tahoe-area roads US 50 (Stateline to Carson City), NV 207 Kingsbury Grade (Stateline to Carson Valley) and NV 431 Mt. Rose Highway (Incline Village to south Reno), snow tires on a two-wheel drive vehicle don't make it legal.  A two-wheel drive vehicle must don the chains in a chain control zone.  Only four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles are legal with snow tires and no chains.  The change brings these roads into conformity with California's R-2 chain control condition.

NDOT has changed the signage accordingly.



I'm not sure why they didn't include NV 28 from Incline Village to US 50 at Spooner Lake.  Here's the NDOT press release on this change.

https://www.nevadadot.com/Home/Components/News/News/4074/395

This upcoming winter is my tenth living full-time at Tahoe and I haven't installed chains once in that time.  The AWD Toyota RAV4 with Bridgestone Blizzaks is a very stable setup.  I have the Blizzaks mounted on separate rims so it's 45 minutes at the tire store in early November and the middle of April; since that's the same store where I bought the tires and rims they do the swap for free.

roadfro:

--- Quote from: gonealookin on November 27, 2018, 11:43:03 PM ---There's no thread for general comments about Nevada . . .

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Taking a cue from the Northwest and Mountain West boards, I’ve been thinking about having general “state” topics for the Pacific Southwest board. This comment gave me the perfect reason to go ahead and implement it, so thanks!

I’ve made this thread a sticky for random observations or questions relating to Nevada. Moving forward, if a topic in this thread starts delving into detailed/extended conversation, I’ll likely split that discussion off to a more dedicated thread.

—Roadfro

roadfro:

--- Quote from: gonealookin on November 27, 2018, 11:43:03 PM ---In most of Nevada, either chains on the drive wheels or snow tires on all four make a vehicle legal when chain controls are in effect.  Starting this winter, on Tahoe-area roads US 50 (Stateline to Carson City), NV 207 Kingsbury Grade (Stateline to Carson Valley) and NV 431 Mt. Rose Highway (Incline Village to south Reno), snow tires on a two-wheel drive vehicle don't make it legal.  A two-wheel drive vehicle must don the chains in a chain control zone.  Only four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles are legal with snow tires and no chains.  The change brings these roads into conformity with California's R-2 chain control condition.

NDOT has changed the signage accordingly.



I'm not sure why they didn't include NV 28 from Incline Village to US 50 at Spooner Lake.  Here's the NDOT press release on this change.

https://www.nevadadot.com/Home/Components/News/News/4074/395

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I had heard something briefly about chain controls changing, but never saw this press release. Thanks for sharing. Seems like a positive change.

I’m with you on SR 28...seems like it should be included with the others. I wonder if it has to do with SR 28 having less elevation change—it’s relatively flat (being mostly along the lake shore) compared to the others (which all traverse major inclines and passes from Tahoe through the Sierra Nevada down to populated valleys). It might also be a result of far fewer recorded crashes than the other highways.

gonealookin:
Thanks for the dedicated thread, roadfro, good idea.

I checked NV 28 today.  Since every state-maintained highway it connects to (CA 28, NV 431, US 50) now uses the California R-2 standard, I thought maybe it had somehow just been omitted from the NDOT release.  Nope, it still has the usual Nevada signage.



I keep track of this because, when chain controls are in effect, I know I'm in compliance.  If I'm in a crash, I'm looking at the other car to see if that one is legal as well.

Kniwt:
I missed this back in late December:

https://elkodaily.com/news/local/state-raises-speed-limit-between-elko-and-wells/article_e0cc6575-2caa-5968-9df4-df8e04ff4c73.html


--- Quote ---Traffic is moving faster between Elko and Wells these days. The speed limit on Interstate 80 has been raised from 75 to 80 miles per hour for most of the drive between the two Elko County towns.
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Noticed this today because of this followup:

https://elkodaily.com/news/local/highway-patrol-strictly-enforcing-new-mph-speed-limit-in-elko/article_9cdb00dc-6aae-5a35-80e9-53a10a44ca51.html


--- Quote ---“With the recent increase of the speed limit on additional sections of Interstate 80 in Nevada from 75 miles per hour to 80 miles per hour, we want to advise the motoring public that the Nevada Highway Patrol will be strictly enforcing the 80 miles per hour speed limit,” the agency announced.
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