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Date Published: 2014-03-09

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Elko Urban Improvement Road Project Begins March 10

Story Text:

 The Nevada Department of Transportation's Elko Urban Improvement Road Project to enhance Idaho Street and Mountain City and Lamoille highways will start Monday, March 10.

     Beginning the evening of Monday, March 10, Mountain City Highway (State Route 225) will be down to one lane in each direction at both the intersections of Idaho Street (State Route 535) and Spruce Road from 7 p.m. to

6 a.m. nightly. The work- placement of electrical conduit- is expected to last through the end of the week. In subsequent weeks, similar nighttime road work will take place at other intersections along Mountain City Highway.

     Construction work is scheduled to begin on Lamoille Highway (State Route 227) March 17, with the road reduced to one lane in each direction during daytime hours and posted construction zone speed limits of 45 miles per hour or less. Lane closures will be removed daily. The work will consist of roadway excavation and slope flattening, with heavy equipment operating near the roadway. 

     Motorists are advised to drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. Updated Nevada road conditions are available by dialing 511 before driving. NDOT also offers safe work zone driving tips on-line at www.nevadadot.com/safety.

     Ultimately, the Elko Urban Improvement Road Project will mill and repave the road surface on Mountain City Highway from Idaho Street to Sundance Drive, and Lamoille Highway from Idaho Street to State Route 228, as well as Idaho Street from Interstate 80 at the 298 exit to State Route 227/Fifth Street. Sidewalks, curb and gutters will also be reconstructed at select locations, and a raised median island will be installed on Mountain City Highway. The approximately $20 million project, constructed by contractor Road and Highway Builders, is expected to complete in 2015.

     "These are important enhancements to some of the Elko area's most vital roads," NDOT Assistant District Engineer Michael Murphy explained. "We're dedicated to building a project that will make traveling through downtown Elko not just easier and safer for cars, bicycles and pedestrians, but more scenic with improved landscaping."