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Date Published: 2012-12-27

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: NDOT issues Mount Charleston Travel Advisory

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS – Due to high traffic volumes at Mount Charleston and an ongoing construction project by the U.S. Forest Service on State Route 158 (Deer Creek), the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is issuing a travel advisory through this weekend and the first week of the New Year in the Mount Charleston area. Visitors to Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon should be prepared for lengthy commutes and limited parking, particularly on SR156 (Lee Canyon) leading to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. In addition, SR158 is closed to through-traffic through this weekend.

Parking has been eliminated on NDOT’s right-of-way on SR157 (Kyle Canyon) from SR158 to the Mount Charleston Lodge and on SR156 from the Meadows to the ski resort and by the fire station in Lee Canyon. Where parking is allowed (the Resort at Mt. Charleston, Forest Service parking lots/land and east of SR158), vehicles must park in parking spaces or off the road—wheels must be to the right of the white lines to prevent damage to vehicles and to allow medical, police and fire personnel to respond to emergencies. Vehicles parked over the white lines, in “No Parking” zones or that impede the flow of traffic will be ticketed and towed. Fines begin at $190. Visitors should also refrain from playing or parking on private property or residential areas or areas marked “Closed.” Trespassing fines begin at $150. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol will enforce parking restrictions.

Snow chains and/or 4-wheel drive vehicles may be required for travel in Mount Charleston. Motorists who stop in travel lanes to put on snow chains will be cited. If you do not have the right equipment or the skills to operate the equipment/vehicle in winter conditions, your safety may be compromised. Visitors are encouraged to bring extra food, water, clothing, a shovel, blankets and other items in case emergency vehicles can’t immediately reach or help them. Cell phone reception is not available in most areas, so it is a good idea to tell relatives and friends where you’re going.

NDOT strives to provide current information about construction schedules and highway and roadway restrictions and closures. Unscheduled restrictions and closures may occur and weather can impact work schedules. For the latest information on Nevada highway conditions, call 5-1-1 or log on to Nevada 5-1-1/NV Roads. For information about NDOT projects, log on to Current Projects and Programs. You can also follow the department on Facebook, on Twitter and on YouTube at YouTube.

About NDOT 

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.