Mt. Rose Highway Repaving and Improvements
The Mt. Rose repaving and improvements project will repave the
highway and make guardrail, drainage and safety improvements on Mt.
Rose Highway from Mt. Rose Junction (near Summit Mall) to Mt. Rose
Rumble strips will be installed to enhance driving safety
in residential areas at the base of the highway. The approximately
$10 million project will also include nearly 18,000 linear feet of new
guardrail, as well as rock removal and mesh cover to reduce
erosion-caused rock fall on one roadside slope. Construction began June
2 and is currently scheduled to end fall 2015.
- Improved guardrail and concrete rail
- Rumble Strips - in areas near base of Mt.
- Rock scaling/mesh on slope - on westbound
slope near summit
Mt. Rose Highway Pavement Preservation
Mt. Rose Highway project is part of NDOT's Pavement Preservation Program that
evaluates and proactively repairs or preserves roads at the optimum, most
cost-effective time before they reach a point of needing more costly and
Mt. Rose Highway is a mountainous road subject to
extreme weather and precipitation that can seep into the roadbed and accelerate
the deterioration of the pavement as it freezes and thaws. In addition, 12,000
to 16,000 vehicles travel the road daily.
Mt. Rose Highway was last
repaved approximately 10 years ago. Pavement on the top section of the road from
near the treeline to the summit has greatly deteriorated. Cracking on the road
as well as rutting makes the road surface less skid resistant. Although the
asphalt on the bottom section of the highway may not look as deteriorated as the
summit area, careful analysis indicates the pavement in that area has fatigue
cracks and other deterioration that needs to be proactively repaved before it
becomes a more costly, time-intensive project.
Because of the heavy
deterioration between the treeline and summit, NDOT is overlaying the top
section of Mt. Rose Highway with 2 1/2 inches of plantmix, while the bottom
portion will be repaved to a two-inch depth. Safety improvements also include
rumble strips from Jones Creek to Wedge Parkway and crosswalk and pedestrian
improvements at Thomas Creek.
Single lane closures will take place in each
direction. Construction in the residential area at the base of the highway
will take place largely during nightime hours, with minimal daytime work.
Road work will take place both night and day from the tree line up to
the summit. Motorists can expect up to 30 minute delays.
began in early June and is currently scheduled to end in fall 2015.