Classic Car Week officials work to accommodate locals too – California News

Classic Car Week officials work to accommodate locals too – California News

Monterey >> Officials have heard the complaints about local traffic during Classic Car Week and are taking steps to keep roadways flowing.

That was the driving message at a roundtable Tuesday morning hosted by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the third straight year, the small forum gathered representatives from Monterey County, the Pebble Beach Co., Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, the Cannery Row Company, the Peninsula’s cities and members of the media for the official release of the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Guide to Navigating Car Week 2017.”

Classic Car Week events begin Friday and conclude Aug. 20 with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“This is something that is ever growing,” said Tammy Blount, Director & CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who noted that the once week-long event has metamorphosed into a week-and-a-half long worldwide attraction. “But I think we’re better prepared then we ever have been. The expectation has risen at the same time.”

Specifically, Blount noted the Visitors Bureau’s efforts, along with other involved agencies, to facilitate the host of events taking place from Laguna Seca to Carmel in a way that will mitigate congestion and traffic annoyances for residents.

Rich Deal, traffic engineer with the city of Monterey said Tuesday that other than some minor construction taking place on a few residential streets in New Monterey by California American Water, traffic is going to be “open and slow.”

“Construction-wise, there will be no construction on primary routes – it will be open…

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