Visitors to Lake Tahoe this winter found themselves caught in a series of major traffic jams in and out of the basin during a historic snow year. That may be nothing, though, compared to what drivers could face this summer.
The next few months may be the most crowded in a decade on Tahoe’s roads, thanks to a solid economy and forecasts of a hot Central Valley summer that may drive people east in search of cooler temperatures.
“Tourism traffic is back, ” said Carl Hasty, head of the Tahoe Transportation District. “We’re everybody’s playground.”