Paving Work Underway On U.S. 95 In Nye County

$17M Project Expected To Be Finished Next Spring

Mitch Kelly
September 18, 2020 - 6:06 am
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NYE COUNTY, NEV. (NDOT/KXNT) – The Nevada Department of Transportation has started work on a $17.1 million, 32-mile upgrade of U.S. Highway 95 from roughly 12 miles north of Beatty to 4 miles south of the Nye/Esmeralda County line.

The 6-month-long project calls for placing new asphalt pavement and turn lanes as well as creating a new 2-mile-long northbound passing lane, widening roadway shoulders, and flatteningside slopes for safer vehicle turnouts.

“This project greatly enhances the safety and road smoothness of this critical stretch of highway,” said NDOTspokesman Tony Illia. “This state-funded project creates 222 direct, indirect and induced local jobs.”

Construction started Tuesday, with work occurring from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays.

Initially, there will be two active work zones with a flagger at Scotty’s Junction (Mile Marker 96) and a pilot car operation at Mile Marker 103, escorting motorists through the construction area. Minor delays are expected.

Other project upgrades include drainage and lighting improvements, plus installing Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) wiring and conduit, hydro-seeding 4.4 acres and transplanting 366 trees. The undertaking adds 95 miles of rumble strips, places 400 cubic yards of riprap and installs tortoise fencing and a cattle guard. Thisstretch of freeway averages roughly 8,400 vehicles daily, with 18 percent of total traffic coming from heavy trucktravel.

The project is anticipated to finish in the spring of 2021.