Sue Del Papa, as then Attorney General and Transportation Board member in 2001,
was appointed by the State Transportation Board to coordinate development of a
State Landscape and Aesthetics Master Plan for Nevada's roads and highways. This plan
established policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines for landscape and
aesthetic treatments on Nevada's Roads and Highways. This plan, prepared by the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, provides an enhanced vision for the state
highway system, providing recommended policies and guiding principles,
describing a three-step planning and design process, and discussing general
characteristics that influence landscape and aesthetic planning and design for
various classifications of highways, open space, and rest areas. The plan
provides examples of varying treatments for those areas, explores alternative
funding methods for program management, corridor planning, new construction,
retrofitting and maintenance, and looks at future administrative and management
The Landscape and Aesthetic section
is conducting landscape and aesthetics Corridor
Plans for eleven Nevada highway corridors. Corridor planning for I-15 and
I-80 (Phase I) has been completed and three corridor plans are currently
undergoing the final review and endorsement process by NDOT for Nevada's
western U.S. highways: one for Southern US-95 in Clark County, including US-93
to Hoover Dam; one for US-95 including Alt US-95, Alt US-50 and portions of
US-6 and US-50; and one for US-395 and the western portion of US-50 (Phase II).
In Spring of 2007, the remainder of the Corridor Plans (Phase
III) will begin. These corridors are: Corridor E:
(East Half) US- 6 from Warm Springs Summit to Ely, Corridor F: US- 93 from the
junction with I-15 at Apex to Ely, Corridor I: (East Half) US-50 from New Pass
Summit, 40 miles west of Austin to the Utah state line (Border, east of Ely),
Corridor J: US- 93 from Ely through Wells to the Idaho border at Jackpot. Alt
93 from Lages Station to Wendover.
University of Nevada, Reno offers an illustrated presentation, Mapping Ecosystems Along Nevada Highways and the development of specifications for vegetation remediation
which provides information and guidelines for revegetation on various sites
along highways where disturbance has occurred. This project emphasizes native
plant species selection and installation, maintenance requirements, and
vegetation evaluation. You will note that it also addresses the invasion of
various species of noxious weeds which cause environmental, economic, and fire
hazard problems within Nevada and other states.
This document identifies
major plant communities using satellite imagery, and overlays those plant
communities with general soil classification units along highways across the
state. It also recommends best procedures and management practices for
vegetation remediation based on appropriate ecosystems and soil types.
You may notice voids in some of the presentation material. Information
contained within this website is a work in progress and will be updated as the
Landscape and Aesthetic Program develops.
Support for Community
Cost sharing or enhancement programs are available
through NDOT, such as the Transportation
Alternatives Program and the Transportation Art program.