For two long years, the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road in Pahrump had been languishing in a cone zone limbo as it awaited a return to normal following a water main break that occurred within the Great Basin Water Company system in Nov. 2017.
Now, after months upon months of delay and much frustration from local residents as well as county officials, construction is finally underway to fix the intersection.
On Friday, Dec. 6 electronic notification boards went up on Homestead Road to warn drivers to expect construction ahead and directing them to use alternate routes when possible.
The signs prompted the Pahrump Valley Times to reach out the Nye County to learn the exact nature of the looming construction project and Nye County Public Works Director Tim Dahl confirmed that it would, in fact, be the long-awaited repair job at Highway 160.
“We will be starting the Homestead waterline repair this evening,” Dahl said in an email sent Sunday, Dec. 8, noting that the work is being funded by Great Basin Water Company with the support of public works.
Dahl assured that the inconvenience will not last too long, with a project duration estimate of just seven to 10 days.
In addition, the construction will be primarily conducted during hours of darkness, with Dahl stating, “The contractor will be working at night whenever possible to lessen the burden on the public.”
However, not all aspects of the project can be completed at night so there will be times when construction takes place in daylight hours, including when crews undertake paving and pouring of concrete.
As of Dec. 9, excavation on the two lanes on the west side of the road had already begun. Traffic traveling north on Homestead Road must stick to one lane with drivers desiring to travel across the highway and those making both left and right-hand turns funneled into a single lane, a situation that is creating some obvious delays in the area. Motorists traveling on Highway 160 who wish to turn south onto Homestead Road also have just one lane in which to navigate their turn, with construction cones and signs guiding drivers to the proper lane.
Dahl asked the public to please exercise patience and understanding as the project commences and reiterated that it should not take long to reach completion.
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