Driving You Crazy

What's Driving You Crazy? - Fri. Sep. 28, 2018

NDOT work on the road to and from Pahrump is driving commuters crazy.

The Nevada Dept of Transportation let everyone know that starting earlier this week there would be closures of highway 160 in both directions near the turn-off to Mt Potosi for up to two hours in the middle of the day for blasting as part of a widening project. Neil and Maxine emailed me

”Would it be possible to let us in Pahrump know when those road closures are happening? NDOT has already blown their original 'every other workday' schedule - and calling 511 has never been too informative."

I reached out to NDOT, and spokeswoman Adrienne Packer dug deeper to find out what's going on. She wrote back explaining there are a lot of variables that go into planning that blasting:

”It's difficult to predict when the next blast will take place. The timeframe depends on how much debris lands on the roadway as crews measure the level of success from [previous] work. Road signs will give motorists at least one day's notice before the next closure. On blasting days, the highway will be closed to traffic at 12:45pm.”

Adrienne added that while the road **can** be closed for up to two hours during the blasting, the closures so far haven't lasted more than half an hour. eventually the 160 will be expanded to four lanes on 6 miles of that hilly area. NDOT says the project includes installing 5 miles of concrete median barriers, new signage and flattening side slopes for safer turnouts, as well as placing new cattleguards and a wildlife undercrossing. this first round of blasting is expected to tun until October 15th, with total project completion planned for August of 2020. Adrienne told me the next blasting day will be Monday.

Buckle up, drive carefully - and put down that phone!

If there's something driving YOU crazy, send me an email: traffic8@lasvegasnow.com. Snail-mail works, too: 3228 Channel 8 Drive in Las Vegas, 89109


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