Paving to begin on Mt. Rose Hwy., traffic delays expected

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Updated: 9/04/2014 6:29 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Paving will soon begin on an upper segment of the Mt. Rose Highway as part of a project to repave and enhance the highway, according to a press release from the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Roadway grinding and paving work from Timberline Drive in the Montreux area to the Mt. Rose summit is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. As the project progresses, single lane closures with pilot cars and delays of up to 30 minutes will continue on the two-lane section of highway above the tree line. The paving work will take place night and day Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons, and is scheduled to wrap up in early October, weather permitting.

Paving was completed on the lower section of the highway in July. In just 15 working days, the project milled and removed 300,000 square yards of old asphalt and placed down 39,000 tons of new asphalt in the Galena and Montreux areas.

Ultimately, the approximately $10 million project by contractor Granite Construction will repave and improve Mt. Rose Highway from the highway's base in south Reno to the Mt. Rose summit. Rumble strips will be installed to enhance driving safety in residential areas at the base of the highway. Safety enhancements such as nearly 18,000 linear feet of new guardrail, as well as rock removal and mesh cover to reduce erosion-caused rock fall on one roadside slope near the summit, will also be included. The project is currently scheduled to complete next summer.

Motorists are asked to obey traffic controls and drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions.

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