86°F
weather icon Mostly Cloudy

$12.5 million in improvements to Highway 160 north of Basin Avenue moves closer

State plans to rehabilitate a 13.5-mile stretch of Highway 160 passed a routine hurdle before the county commission last week.

Nye County commissioners approved a no-cost cooperative agreement between the Nevada Department of Transportation and Nye County for the purpose of improvements from Basin Avenue north to Bell Vista Avenue.

Commissioner Lorinda Wichman said the agreement is “routine” and said the county does similar agreements with other agencies.

“It means that we will stay out of their way and help them where we can,” she said about the agreement with NDOT.

The $12.5 million state-funded project will include drainage upgrade, geometric improvements at Bell Vista Avenue, approach enhancements, and intersection lighting at Irene Street, East Mesquite Avenue, East Blosser Ranch Road and Bell Vista Avenue.

NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said the agreement outlines reciprocal project responsibilities between the county and the department of transportation.

“We use agreements on most projects, detailing detours, traffic management and county review of plans within a certain time frame, among other responsibilities,” he said. “Plans call for milling or grinding away built-up layers of deteriorated asphalt down to a specific depth, thereby making room for a fresh coat of blacktop. The end result will be a smooth, safe, and durable driving surface.”

Illia said officials are expected to advertise for construction bids on Sept. 15. No timetable was given for construction.

Additionally, Illia said there is a future $700,000 project to flatten slopes, resurface pavement and widen shoulders at the U.S. Highway 95 junction to Highway 160, which would create an expanded turn pocket. The project will advertise for construction bids in late November.

The agreement between Nye County and NDOT will go into effect in late October and continue through July 28, 2018.

Contact reporter Daria Sokolova@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @dariasokolova77

THE LATEST
Solar recycling project denied

Along with the boom in solar energy generation projects, solar recycling is becoming more prevalent, resulting in companies looking to expand their operations to accommodate the new industry. One company, i-Quest Inc., was hoping to bring its own operations to the Pahrump Valley but Nye County commissioners shot down the idea at the board’s most recent meeting.

GALLERY: Winners from this year’s 4th of July Parade

A special ceremony was held this week to bestow the awards upon those organizations that took home top honors in this year’s Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Pahrump Holiday Task Force in partnership with the Pahrump Disability Outreach Program.

GALLERY: Helen Keller Days raises $2k for local Federation of the Blind Chapter

The 2nd Annual Helen Keller Days took place with members of the Southern Nye County Chapter of the Federation of the Blind coming together with community supporters for an afternoon of fun and excitement, all in the name of fundraising.

 
Biden tests positive for COVID, shortens Vegas trip

President Joe Biden pulled out of a speech before the nation’s largest Latino organization after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Help ‘empty the shelters’ — adopt a pet

Created in 2011, by Cathy Bissell, the Bissell Pet Foundation has made a positive impact in the lives of roughly more than 775,000 dogs and cats across the country.

Pahrump delegate: Trump-Vance ticket a ‘good blend’

President Donald Trump announced on social media that he has chosen Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio as his running mate in the 2024 election.

SHERIFF: 59 calls for illegal fireworks

In spite of numerous warnings from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office this year, not all area residents chose to use the Fireworks Safety Site in Pahrump, according to the agency