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Date Published: 2014-06-03

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Enhanced Milepost Signs To Be Installed on SR 318

Story Text:

The Nevada Department of Transportation will install rumble strips and larger milepost markers on State Route 318 as a pilot project for enhanced safety.

     The road project starts June 9 and is scheduled to continue through early August, with work taking place Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Motorists should expect up to 30-minute travel delays.

     For increased visibility, the new mileposts stand five feet above the road surface. With dimensions of 18 by 54 inches, the new signs are more than twice as large as existing mile markers. Posted further off the side of the road and mounted into the ground with a permanent concrete footing, they will be less prone to being accidentally pushed over by vehicles. The larger size allows drivers to more easily see the signs and the mileage location they indicate.

          "Mileposts give drivers an exact location when traveling and are a vital reference for road engineers, maintainers and anyone working on the roadway. Most importantly, they also help quickly guide emergency services to locations when responding to car crashes or incidents," NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon explained. "In a recent five-year period, nearly 650 people died in Nevada traffic crashes when a vehicle unintentionally veered off the roadway. The majority of these crashes happened in rural areas, and the larger signs provide one extra measure of safety that could potentially mean a quicker emergency response to a crash."

     The new mile markers will be installed as a pilot project to test their visibility and other features. If successful, NDOT could install the improved mile markers on certain roads as part of future road projects.

     The project will also add centerline and shoulder rumble strips to SR 318. Consisting of parallel grooves cut alongside roadway lanes, tires running over the rumble strips produce sound and vibration when drivers veer out of their lane.

How to Read a Milepost

The top two lines of a milepost list the interstate or U.S., state or other route number, for example "IR 15" for Interstate 15 or "US 95" for U.S. 95. Just below the route designation will be a two-letter abbreviation of the county. The actual mile is listed vertically at the bottom of each milepost.

Mileposts on interstates list both the mileage from the state line as well as the mileage from the county line. U.S., state and other routes will strictly list the mileage from the county line.

For the purpose of milepost signs, roadway mileage numbers start from the south or west end of where a road first enters a state or county. The mileage number continues to build as the road travels north or east.