U.S. Highway 95 Temporarily Closed Near Tonopah Due to Earthquake
TONOPAH, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reports that a 6.4-magnitude earthquake occurred at approximately 4:03 a.m. this morning, 20 miles southeast of Mina, resulting in minor pavement damage to a half-mile section of U.S. Highway 95, north of the U.S. Route 6 junction in Tonopah. Most of the cracked areas have a minor lift that, as a temporary fix, will be shaved to minimize roadway surface bumps until a full repair can be scheduled in the future.
As a preventative safety measure, meanwhile, the department has temporarily closed U.S. Highway 95 between the U.S. Route 6 junction and U.S. Highway 360, with traffic being detoured while maintenance crews perform emergency repairs and inspect for further damage. The temporary closure will remain in place until 5 p.m., May 15.
Motorists should use 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.
NDOT and its contractors continue vital highway construction and maintenance activities upkeeping Nevada’s transportation system for essential travel and supply chain deliveries. The department actively practices COVID-19-related public health and safety protocols, including social distancing of six feet or more and restricting groups to 10 or less, thereby keeping our team, families and communities safe and connected.