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Fourth of July: Incline Village road closures, strict beach access rules set

Josh Staab
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A 210-ton crane from Gardnerville-based Connolly Crane Services works Monday morning at the boat launch at Ski Beach to drop barges onto Lake Tahoe in preparation for Saturday night's fireworks display. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.; visit redwhitetahoeblue.org for more information on all RWTB events.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With Incline Village expected to be a hotbed of activity for Fourth of July weekend, officials are planning road closures and beach entrance changes to ensure the public's safety.

"People need to understand there are going to be traffic issues throughout the day (on the Fourth)," said Washoe County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jeff Clark. "This isn't an Incline Village problem, either; it's going to be like that at every beach destination across the nation."

Before dawn Saturday, Lakeshore Boulevard will be one way, from west to east, between Country Club and Village; it will close to through traffic at 7 p.m. until after the fireworks crowd disperses.

Incline Way will also be one way all day Saturday, from east to west, between Country Club and Southwood.

Further, no parking will be allowed on Village Boulevard between Southwood and Lakeshore on July 3 and 4; violators will be towed, Clark said.

The measures are an attempt to ease congestion as residents flock to Incline, Ski and Burnt Cedar beaches and other venues to celebrate Independence Day and attend the Red, White and Tahoe Blue events.

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"We're really listening to the after actions from last year, which is why people are seeing the changes they are," said Clark, in reference to overcrowding and long lines backed up at the beach entrance kiosks a year ago.

Also, during Friday's parade, Highway 28 will be closed between both Southwood Boulevard intersections from 9:30-11:30 a.m., as will Incline Way.

BEACH CONGESTION

On Saturday, the gates at Incline, Ski and Burnt Cedar beaches will be staffed 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular hours will be in effect Friday and Sunday.

There will be roving WCSO deputy patrols at Ski and Incline beaches, as well as Aspen Grove, to keep the peace on Friday and Saturday.

A WCSO command post will also be at Ski Beach from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the Fourth.

"The more prepared you are, the better you'll be able to get in and out of the beaches," said Diamond Peak Ski Resort General Manager Brad Wilson. "We learned that being organized and asking people to plan ahead of time will be the best way to avoid long lines and the crowds."

To help that, there will be no cash or credit card transactions on the Fourth of July at the Ski and Incline beach kiosks.

Access to the beaches is restricted to Incline Village General Improvement District Beach Access Picture Pass holders and guests.

To enter Ski and Incline beaches on the Fourth, you must present a valid Picture Pass with Beach Access; a valid punch card; a pre-purchased daily adult or youth Beach Access ticket; or a special wristband.

To purchase tickets or wristbands, you must go to Aspen Grove or the Recreation Center. All forms of payment are accepted at these locations.

Picture Pass holders (with beach privileges) may buy as many daily beach tickets as they want. Any unused tickets may be refunded.

Burnt Cedar Beach will operate as normal (except the entrance will also be staffed until 10 p.m.) on Saturday.

Free IVGID shuttle

Another way officials are looking to ease traffic is by operating two fleets both Friday and Saturday of the free IVGID shuttle, which launches last weekend.

The shuttle will make stops throughout Incline (including the beaches) starting at 10 a.m., with extended hours on July 3 until 10 p.m. and July 4 until 11 p.m.

Visit yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/fourthofjuly to read more about IVGID’s July 4 restrictions and the free shuttle.