Other upgrades entail drainage and lighting improvements, plus installing Intelligent Transportation System wiring and conduit, hydro-seeding 4.4 acres, and transplanting 366 trees. The project additionally calls for moving enough dirt to fill 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools and placing enough blacktop to pave 13,000 average-sized driveways. The undertaking will add 95 miles of rumble strips, place 400 cubic yards of riprap and install tortoise fencing and a cattle guard.
The enhancements run along U.S. Highway 95 between Mile Markers 72 and 104, or roughly from 12 miles north of Beatty to four miles south of the Nye/Esmeralda County line. This stretch of roadway averages roughly 8,400 vehicles daily, with 18 percent of traffic coming from heavy truck travel.
Construction is expected to start in September. The project, which is anticipated to finish in the spring of 2021, will create 222 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.