Nevada road work winding down |

Nevada road work winding down

Michael Schneider

The Nevada Department of Transportation is winding down its work on Kingsbury Grade and U.S. Highway 50 and should have it done within a couple weeks.

Scott Magruder, NDOT spokesperson, said the department decided not to apply the final layer of pavement to the grade until the spring thaw. He said there is three inches of asphalt already applied.

“That’s fine for the winter,” Magruder said. He said temperatures of 60 degrees or higher are needed for paving.

Contrary to rumors flying around at Tuesday’s Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce meeting, NDOT has no plans to repave the entire grade.

Magruder said some areas of the grade have had to be repaved by the contractor due to substandard pavement.

Last year, an NDOT contractor had to repave Highway 395 through Gardnerville and Minden when the asphalt was mixed incorrectly.

He said the repaving of faulty spots on Kingsbury would be done by the contractor at no expense to taxpayers as was done in the Carson Valley.

–Also, after Douglas County commissioners drafted a letter to NDOT raising concerns about only one break in a planned eight-mile concrete barrier from the Spooner Grade to Carson City, Magruder said the department will consider putting another break in the barrier.

Commissioner Bernie Curtis, who also serves with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, first raised concerns that the barrier, while stopping head-on collisions on the dangerous stretch of U.S. Highway 50, would also inhibit emergency personnel from getting to accident scenes.

NDOT designed the project to have only one break, about four miles up the grade from Carson City at a turnout with a pay phone.

Magruder said, should a second break be incorporated into the barrier plans, the department would look into making it for emergency vehicles only.

He said NDOT is concerned there is really no where else to put a barrier break in the highway where there is enough sight distance to safely turn around.

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