Ask Joe: Viewer questions safety of new Mt. Rose Hwy barriers

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Updated: 7/21 7:01 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about the road work happening on the Mount Rose Highway.

Julie from Incline Village wrote in asking about the cement walls being constructed along the highway. She said she is concerned about melting snow freezing and creating a danger in the winter, if the water cannot drain fast enough.

Her question is, is that a concern and how will it be managed?

Answer:

NDOT is installing some standard guardrails as part of the new construction on the Mount Rose Highway. Crews are also installing about 10,000 feet of concrete barriers in areas where the turns are tighter and they cannot put the regular guardrails.

Joe checked with Meg Ragonese about this issue. She said they are installing concrete walls in some places, because the regular guardrails tend to deteriorate more during the winter months. They are installing drainage openings along the concrete barriers, and the water will be channelled the same as it is along the traditional guardrails.

Many of the current drains are 3.5 feet x 4 feet. The new drains will 3.5 feet x 7 feet, so the idea is that there will be more drainage after this construction project is complete.

Also, NDOT said the fact that they pre-treat the highway when storms are on the way, and plow it once the snow starts to fall will prevent any problems resulting from drainage issues.
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