State Route 160 Road Widening Project Blasting, Starts Sept. 24 in Clark County
CLARK COUNTY, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will begin blasting alongside State Route 160 (Blue Diamond Road), east of Mt. Potosi Road in southwest Clark County, starting September 24. Blasting is needed to remove fractured bedrock outcroppings for a $58.6 million, 6-mile-long highway widening from two to four travel lanes between Mile Markers 16 and 22, and from there extending to one mile north of the Nye County line. Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. is the general contractor.
Blasting will occur from roughly 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., every other workday, resulting in brief highway closures, ranging from 30 minutes up to 120 minutes, while crews place explosives, check the blast area and clear away any stray rubble and debris. The first round of blasting will continue through October 15.
Contractors, in total, will move enough dirt and rock to fill 120 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The project calls for installing 5 miles of raised concrete median barrier, new signage and flattening side slopes for safer turnouts, as well as placing new cattleguards and a wildlife undercrossing near Mile Marker 18. The Mountain Springs Community, meanwhile, will receive new frontage roads, improved intersection lighting and an emergency signal for Clark County Volunteer Fire Station #79.
Construction is scheduled for completion in August 2020. Motorists should use caution while travelling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.