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Date Published: 2014-04-08

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: 702-385-6509

Title: Repaving Marks Next Phase of Kyle Canyon Improvements

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LAS VEGAS - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will implement lane restrictions on Kyle Canyon Road (State Route 157) starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. For the next two to three weeks, crews will be repaving Kyle Canyon Road from Milepost 15 to Milepost 21. During this time, the public will be driving on a milled surface for two to three days during the week; all milled surfaces will be paved before the weekend.

Once this project is complete, crews will then remove pavement from Milepost 4 to Milepost 5 in order to work on constructing new roundabouts. Once the pavement is removed, the public will be drivin on a surface comprised of dirt and compacted millings for two to three months while the roundabouts are being constructed. There will be closures throughout the project. Closures will be limited to two to four miles at a time with flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists are advised to heed all traffic control vehicles and devices.

Begun in October 2013, the Kyle Canyon Widening and Improvements Project is part of a collaborative, multi-agency effort funded and supported by FHWA, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The project includes adding approximately 17 miles of road shoulder/bike lanes and two roundabouts on Kyle Canyon Road and a roundabout to Lee Canyon Road to improve access near developed recreation sites. During construction, travel will be reduced to one lane of traffic and delays are expected. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly. As a result of additional funding from NDOT, the 17-mile stretch will also be resurfaced. As such, the project is expected to finish in Spring 2015 as opposed to late 2014.

A scenic byway maintained by NDOT, Kyle Canyon Road is an important transportation corridor for approximately 400 residents in Mount Charleston, Rainbow and Echo subdivisions and businesses in upper Kyle Canyon. This road is also a designated Forest Highway, serving as a primary access route for visitors to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area managed by USFS as well as the Red Rock Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Funding and support for this project comes from several agencies and construction will be overseen by the FHWA.

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 511. For information on NDOT projects, log on to the Projects and Programs link. You can also follow the department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To assist with travel decisions based on road conditions, you can view Las Vegas traffic cameras at LV Cameras.

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.