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U.S. Highway 95 Reopened Near Tonopah Following Earthquake

Post Date:05/15/2020 3:28 PM

TONOPAH, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), at roughly 2:05 p.m., reopened U.S. Highway 95 between U.S. Route 6 and State Route 360 in Esmeralda County. Department maintenance crews made emergency repairs at four different locations following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake at 4:03 a.m. this morning, 20 miles southeast of Mina, resulting in a temporary highway closure.

Crews, as a temporary fix, shaved down cracked roadway surfaces with up to 3-inch gaps along a half-mile-long section of U.S. Highway 95 located roughly 6 miles north of Coaldale. The largest repair entailed a 9-foot-wide by 40-foot-long pavement patch. Permanent repairs will be scheduled in the future, although it’s too early yet to determine the cost and timeline.

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.

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