Traffic delays expected along Kingsbury Grade
Beginning Monday and lasting at least through Wednesday, motorists on Kingsbury Grade’s Highway 207 will experience delays of up to 20 minutes for highway maintenance.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the Nevada Department of Transportation will apply a slurry seal coat between the junction of Highway 50 and the top of Daggett Pass. The work will be done in one-mile segments to minimize traffic delays.
Slurry seal can successfully be applied in temperatures of 60 degrees and higher. Daytime temperatures have been favorable to do the work, which wasn’t the case last month when road crews laid down asphalt on Highway 50 between Stateline and Zephyr Cove.
Road crews with Minden-based Carlson Construction couldn’t work at night because temperatures dipped below 60 degrees and the work had to be done during the day. In some cases, motorists had to wait as long as three hours while traffic was reduced to one lane of traffic.
“We’re really going to keep an eye on this after what we experienced earlier this summer,” NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder said, referring to the Highway 50 construction project.
For next week’s project there will be one-way controlled traffic in the work areas. The South Shore Transportation Management Association has asked NDOT and the construction company to keep delays to no more than 15 minutes and that flaggers be sensitive to commute patterns.
To be on the safe side, Magruder said delays could be as much as 20 minutes.
Steve Williams of NDOT’s maintenance team said in a press release that there will be brief delays in entering or exiting business locations and side streets up and down the grade immediately after the seal has been applied. Access will be restricted during the five to 10 minutes the seal takes to set before it can bear traffic, Williams said.
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