NDOT says highway improvements planned for 2016

Motorists will have to wait until 2016 ahead of the Nevada Department of Transportation funds two main projects in the Pahrump location: the widening of a modest section of Highway 160 among Homestead Road and Calvada Boulevard and constructing two roundabouts on Highway 372 at the intersections of Pahrump Valley Boulevard and Blagg Road.

Otherwise, Nye County will hope healthcare marijuana will spend for a traffic light at Highway 160 and Mesquite Avenue whilst nuclear waste shipments will imply the widening of Highway 160 all the way up to Highway 95.

County Commissioner Donna Cox mentioned she’s still addressing the identical concerns as four years ago.

“We are hearing your issues when we have funds and especially more than the years you indicated that 1-mile stretch on (Highway) 160. Your concerns were heard and now we have a project. A number of projects we don’t have cash for but we put it on the long-range program and hopefully we can work with each other and get the funds for that,” NDOT Transportation Analyst Melvin McCallum told Nye County Commissioners throughout a Tuesday workshop.

Highway 160 was widened for the Homestead Road targeted traffic light installation, which was a 5-year method exactly where the county contributed virtually $ 1 million of the $ 1.four million cost. It narrows back to two lanes until Calvada Boulevard. The estimated price to widen that bottleneck to 5 lanes was estimated at $ 4.two million.

NDOT budgeted $ 1.9 million to construct 1 roundabout and $ 1.17 million for an additional, each targeted for 2016. Nye County’s portion will be $ 450,000 for each and every intersection. County commissioners voted 3-2 final month to approve an agreement with NDOT to construct the roundabouts. County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen, who voted in favor, said considering that then he would like the income utilized instead to improve Homestead Road south of Gamebird Road, but Tuesday changed his tune and said that’s only if the neighborhood impact fee income cannot be spent just before a deadline at the finish of 2015.

“If they don’t commit the influence charges out of the capital improvement fund we have to return them to the developer. I do not want to do that,” Schinhofen said.

McCallum said the organizing for the roundabouts is about 60 % carried out and must be total by early 2015. Targeted traffic safety engineer Lori Campbell said the environmental and appropriate-of-way perform takes about 18 months to full, which is on target to be done early next year, then the bidding process will begin.

Nye County Commissioner Frank Carbone, who voted against the NDOT roundabout agreement, said there were concerns with proper-of-way acquisition at the corner of Highway 372 and Pahrump Valley Boulevard, specifically with the Huge O Tires retailer and the Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church across the street.

County Commissioner Donna Cox, the other vote against, mentioned, “I’ve been receiving a lot of complaints lately. Once more I don’t know why it speeded up simply because they’re afraid you are in fact going to do it. They want to bring it back and reconsider it. I never ever supported this in the initial place.”

NDOT had initially pushed for a roundabout at Homestead Road and Highway 160 back in 2006 instead of a traffic light.

“When we very first had these meetings I was afraid to use the word roundabouts, I utilised the ‘r’ word simply because I know the concerns,” Campbell said.

Nye County Commission candidate Rick Osborne urged NDOT to use public service announcements to inform the public on the benefits of roundabouts. Resident Rolf Koss mentioned they’ve been working well in Europe for years.

“We wanted to aid the fear factor with some of the population that are elderly and attempting to get out of their home, driveways into the roundabout and effectively navigate. We have a contingent of folks that not only have a resistance but a fear,” County Manager Pam Webster said.

MM Improvement LLC, which involves John Shea, owner of the organization operating the Pahrump landfill down the street, has offered to spend for a traffic light at that intersection if his permit for a healthcare marijuana dispensary, production and cultivation facility is granted.

Schinhofen has been attempting to get the DOE to pay for widening Highway 160 for the nuclear waste shipments.

“We’re hoping to get something from them to support. We’d like to see it on your long-variety strategy, especially shoulders on that section,” he stated. Low-level nuclear waste goes that route up to Area five on the Nevada National Security Website.

NDOT and county commissioners talked about enhancing a curve in Johnnie that has been the scene of accidents. There was also talk about enhancing the shoulders on Highway 160.

NDOT plans to widen shoulders and flatten out the slopes on 100 miles of Highway 95 over four years, from 2016 to 2019. The perform will address highway shoulders from a mile south of Jackass Flats Road to the Esmeralda County line.

Carbone pointed out concerns about acceleration and deceleration lanes on two-lane state highways for turning into companies like the new Dollar General Store on Highway 160 and a secondary entrance to the Spring Mountain Motor Sports Ranch.

More than the hill, the widening of Highway 160 from Red Rock Turnoff to Mountain Springs is scheduled for 2018 and 2019, McCallum mentioned.

McCallum stated the county and NDOT have discussed a Highway 160 crosswalk in front of the Saddle West Hotel and Casino.

Resident Bob Irving would like to see a requirement for daylight headlights on Highway 160 around the intersection with Blosser Ranch Road. Koss told NDOT it’s hazardous driving a bicycle on Highway 160.

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