The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) awarded a $16.5 million contract to Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. for a five-mile widening of State Route 160 (Blue Diamond Road) in southwest Clark County.
The project will widen the highway from two lanes to four travel lanes between Mile Marker 10.89 (just past State Route 159 or the Red Rock Canyon Road junction) and Mile Marker 16.63.
The improvements will flatten side slope shoulders for safer vehicle turnouts while installing new drainage pipe and tortoise fencing.
Other work consists of placing barrier and guardrails as well as hydro-seeding 38 acres. Construction will entail moving enough dirt to fill 1,800 average sized swimming pools, and enough placing asphalt to pave 8,000 driveways.
The project is scheduled for completion in early 2017. Although the speed limit will be lowered to 55-mph during construction, one lane will remain open at all times.
Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible.
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