Nipton Road reopens after closure due to flooding

Nipton Road reopens after closure due to flooding
Posted at 10:54 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 13:54:03-04

The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened Nipton Road to public traffic around 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, in southern Clark County. 

However, a pilot car operation remains in place. Average traffic along the roadway is fewer than 1,000 vehicles a day.

The department last month awarded a $3.45 million emergency contract to Las Vegas Paving to repair the storm damaged road, which closed on Aug. 15 following flash flooding. A storm washed away portions of the east-west rural highway between Mile Markers 2 and 6.

The two-lane 18.6-mile-long roadway connects U.S. Highway 95 in southern Clark County, near Searchlight, to Nipton, California. 

The improvements, which began Sept. 4, call for placing new roadbed, asphalt paving and installing new precast concrete box culvert for enhanced storm water drainage. Construction work is expected to finish early November.