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.
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.
Roadway grinding and paving work from Timberline Drive in
the Montreux area to the Mt. Rose summit began Sept. 5. Single lane closures
with pilot cars and delays of up to 30 minutes will coninue on the two-lane
section of highway above the tree line. The paving work will take place night
and day Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons and is scheduled to wrap
up by mid October, weather permitting.
began in early June and is currently scheduled to end in fall