Kingsbury closed due to rock slide danger |

Kingsbury closed due to rock slide danger

Courtesy or NDOTThe rock slide danger area is between the summit of Kingsbury and the Carson Valley floor. NDOT officials closed the section of road for an undetermined amount of time.

Kingsbury Grade between Kingsbury Summit and the Carson Valley floor is closed due to the potential for a rock slide, according to Nevada Department of Transportation officials ” the closure is expected to last days, at least.

A portion of road was closed at approximately 9:15 this morning when survey crews from NDOT determined a section of rock had moved slightly. Officials have not yet determined how long the closure will run, but NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder said “Our goal is to be open before the big Fourth of July weekend.” NDOT is in the process of hiring a contractor to clear the danger area.

The area is uphill from the roadway, approximately 4 miles east of the Kingsbury summit, and 7 miles wet of Highway 206. No homes are threatened.

“We realize this closure is an inconvenience to commuters and motorists, but we do not want to compromise safety,” NDOT Director Jeff Fontaine said in a news release.

The department expects to have an estimate for re-opening once it has hired an emergency contractor.

“Basically, we are trying to avert a potentially dangerous situation,” Magruder said.

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