From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a big road construction project.
Vic in Reno wrote in with concerns about the construction on the Mount Rose Highway. He wants to know why they cannot work at night, so there is less impact on traffic?
Joe checked with Meg Ragonese at NDOT. This is a big project, the Mount Rose Highway from the 395 interchange all the way up to the summit.
Ragonese said when they approved this project, they did so with an aggressive timeline and that means doing as much work during the day as they can and some at night.
Safety is a big issue. Some of the work involves clearing rocks, what they call rock scaling, and they need bright daylight to do that safely. Also, in order to do paving, it must be at least 55 degrees for the asphalt to set properly.
In fact, on Wednesday, they laid down 3,000 tons of asphalt, so they are moving the project along as fast as they can.
Those are the main reasons that much of the work must be done during the day. This project will continue through the fall and again next summer.