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Date Published: 2014-06-30

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Public Meeting on July 8 to Cover Proposed SR160 Improvements

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing the potential environmental impacts for proposed improvements to State Route 160 (Blue Diamond Road), from State Route 159 (Red Rock Canyon) to Mountain Springs in Clark County. The proposed project would improve 11 miles of SR160 from the SR159 intersection to a point 1.24 miles west of the Mountain Springs summit. Proposed improvements consist of widening the roadway from two travel lanes to four, adding a 14-foot-wide median and constructing an eight-foot-wide shoulder/bike lane on both sides of the road as well as lighted intersections in Mountain Springs, Mt. Potosi Canyon Road and Avery Street.

NDOT will host a public hearing on the proposed improvements on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Frias Elementary School, 5800 Broken Top Ave., in Las Vegas. The hearing will be an open-house format with a formal presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short question and answer period from the audience. Both the presentation and the comment period will be recorded by a court reporter. You may submit your comments in writing at the hearing or verbally to the court reporter or email your comments to info@dot.state.nv.us with a reference to this project in the subject line.

In addition to any comments received at the hearing, written comments will also be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014. Please submit your comments to Steve M. Cooke, P.E., Chief Environmental Services Division, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nev. 89712. General information about the project can be obtained from NDOT Project Manager Lynnette Russell at (702) 761-6601, by e-mail to lrussell@dot.state.nv.us or by mail to Lynnette Russell, Project Manager, Nevada Department of Transportation, 123 E. Washington St., Las Vegas, Nev. 89101.

Who:    NDOT, FHWA, BLM, U.S. Forest Service

What:  Public Meeting on proposed SR160 Improvements

When:  Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Where:  Frias Elementary School, 5800 Broken Top Ave., Las Vegas, Nev. 89141.

The EA is accessible through NDOT's website at the following link, http://www.nevadadot.com/Meetings. Copies are also available by request from the NDOT Headquarters, Environmental Services Division, Room 104, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nev. 89712; telephone: 775-888-7013. Copies may also be reviewed at the Pahrump Community Library at 701 East St. in Pahrump, the Windmill Library at 7060 W. Windmill Lane in Las Vegas, the NDOT District office at 123 E. Washington Ave., in Las Vegas and the Fire Station at Mountain Springs on State Route 160.

Note: Reasonable efforts will be made to assist and accommodate physically handicapped persons desiring to attend the meeting. Requests for auxiliary aids or services to assist individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency should be made with as much advance notice as possible to Julie Maxey, Nevada Department of Transportation, Public Hearings Officer, at (775) 888-7171.

If right-of-way is needed: The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 will govern the acquisition of right-of-way that may be necessary for this project. More detailed information regarding right-of-way can be obtained from the NDOT's Right of Way Division, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nev. 89712, or by calling (775) 888-7480.