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Pilot car operation active along Nevada Highway 160, north of Pahrump

Drivers traveling along Highway 160 should slow down and watch for construction crews and a pilot car or escort vehicle through Aug. 25 around the area known as “Johnnie Curve,” between mile markers 24 and 27 just north of Pahrump.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is working on a 14-mile stretch of road along Highway 160, between East Basin Road and just to the north of Bell Vista Avenue, as part of an $8.7 million improvement plan.

Crews will be working on mill-and-overlay upgrades to rejuvenate the road, along with adding two flashing arrow signs to the “Johnnie Curve” area, which will have a pilot car leading motorists safely through the region through Aug. 25, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. work in the area scheduled to start at 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

Along with the solar-powered signs, a high-friction surface will be added to the area to prevent skidding.

“This cost-efficient project is will extend the highway’s life cycle while also creating a smoother and safer traveling experience,” NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said. “The project is anticipated to finish by late October.”

Work at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Highway 160 is also being updated as part of the project.

According to a news release from NDOT, the turn pocket “is being widened and lengthened for a safer, more efficient highway-to-highway connection.”

NDOT also warned motorists should use caution in the area work zones and use alternate routes, if possible.

For more information on up-to-date information on Nevada’s highways, visit nvroad.com or call 511.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

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