ALAMO, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) opened a flood-ravaged section of US Highway 93 at Mile Marker 23.5 near the southern tip of Lincoln County on July 16 at 11:58 a.m. on July 16 at 11:58 a.m. Upper Pahranagat Lake reopened. Around the same time, a smaller section of State Route 168 (Glendale-Moapa Road) on Interstate 15 in Clark County was reopened.
Torrential rain and mudslides closed the streets at around 10:00 p.m. on July 14, leaving a 3-foot-high, 9-meter-wide soil deposit over US Highway 93 1,000 feet long, or the equivalent of nearly three soccer fields. In response, two dozen workers and machine operators deployed a fleet of six front wheel loaders, a motor grader, nine tractor units and a bulldozer to move over 17,000 cubic meters of material – a feat that required over 600 truck trips.
In addition, the crews lined each side of the 30-foot-wide pavement with a V-shaped earth channel that provided partial protection against future flooding. An average of more than 3,000 vehicles are used on the section of the affected highway every day. Aggregate Industries SWR Inc. was the general contractor for emergency operations, supported by the department’s maintenance staff. The total repair cost is about $ 50,000.
“Our dedicated employees and contractors have worked overtime and have come together as a team to safely and quickly reopen these two critical highway sections to the traveling public,” said NDOT District Engineer Mario Gomez.
NDOT is working with Waze to notify the public of proposed highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures, and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.