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.
Roadway grinding and paving work from
Timberline Drive in the Montreux area to the Mt. Rose summit is scheduled to
begin 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 thorugh Friday
afternoons and is scheduled to wrap up in early October, weather permitting.
Project began in early June and is currently
scheduled to end in fall 2015.