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NDOT plans more work along Highway 160 near Pahrump

A daytime pilot car will travel along Nevada Highway 160 between mile markers 24 and 30 in Nye County as part of the Nevada Department of Transportation road work, officials announced.

The operation will take place north of Pahrump, from July 25 through Aug. 1 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traffic restrictions are required as part of $8.7 million of improvements to a 14-mile section of Highway 160 between East Basin Avenue to just north of Bell Vista Avenue in Pahrump, officials said in a news release.

NDOT Spokesman Tony Illia said an escort vehicle, also called a pilot car, will be used to safely escort traffic through the active construction site.

“It will be in place during daytime hours; there will be no nighttime restrictions,” Illia said in an email.

Plans call for mill-and-overlay upgrades where a large machine grinds away deteriorated layers of pavement then replaces it with new asphalt for a rejuvenated driving surface, according to the news release.

Construction requires 45,785 tons of asphalt or enough blacktop to pave 6,541 average-sized driveways. Other improvements include storm pipe drainage, hydro-seeding and flattened roadside shoulders in some areas.

Two flashing arrow signs powered by solar panels, in addition to a high-friction surface are also being added to Johnnie Curve, the section of Highway 160 near mile marker 26.5. In addition, the turn pocket at U.S. Highway 95 and Highway 160 is being widened and lengthened for a safer connection.

“This cost-efficient project will extend the highway’s life cycle while also creating a smoother and safer traveling experience,” Illia said in a press release. “The project is ahead of schedule, and roughly 70 percent complete, with anticipated completion by late October.”

NDOT said motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes.

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.

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

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