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Pilot car operation to cause construction delays on SR-160

Pilot car operations conducted by the Nevada Department of Transportation will cause delays on State Route 160 starting Sunday.

The pilot car operation will run nightly along SR-160 between mile marker 12 and mile marker 16 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, June 5 to June 16.

Traffic is being shifted to the south side of the road so crews can install a barrier rail. There will also be a June 6 daytime flagging operation from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of SR-160 and State Route 159.

“Although the project is scheduled for completion in early 2017, the department is fast-tracking completion of the first mile west from Red Rock Canyon Road due to the numerous homes and driveways tying into State Route 160,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesman. “The newly widened mile-long stretch of highway will open June 13 in order to minimize commuter inconvenience.”

Traffic restrictions are required as part of the $16.5 million SR-160 widening project, which will expand the highway from two lanes to four travel lanes between the SR-159 and mile marker 16.63. Other work included in the construction includes flattening side slope shoulders for safer vehicle turnouts, plus installing new drainage pipe, placing guardrails and hydro-seeding 38 acres.

Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible. There will be up to 30-minute delays. For current road information go to:nvroads.com

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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