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Posted on: January 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] State Route 160 Blasting Midday Closure January 27

PAHRUMP - The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will temporarily close State Route 160 in both directions, just west of Williams Ranch Road, from 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., January 27, in Clark County.

This is the main highway between Pahrump and Las Vegas Valley.

The closure is needed for blasting to remove fractured bedrock as part of a $59 million upgrade project that entails widening a 6-mile stretch of State Route 160 in southwest Clark County. Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. is the general contractor. Construction calls for expanding the asphalt highway from two to four travel lanes between Mile Markers 16 and 22, creating a safe passing lane for slower moving traffic while altering the roadway geometry for fewer twists and turns. Work additionally entails rehabilitating 22 miles of deteriorating roadway from roughly the Nye County line to the Mountain Springs community. The project, which broke ground in the summer of 2018, is scheduled to finish this fall.

Motorists, meanwhile, should be prepared for an up to two-hour delay, although it will likely take less time. Although no other blasts are currently planned, rock excavation conditions possibly could require additional blasting in the future.

Below is an 86 second video from July 2019 when county officials attended a blasting as guests of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Blasting Video
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