Work continues on 88
September 8, 2004
Have you been wondering about the hubbub along State Route 88 lately? Since July, the familiar sight of flaggers, pilot cars, and heavy equipment can be seen all along the highway.
I recently spoke with John Bradshaw, Senior Roadway Designer with the Nevada Department of Transportation to get the inside scoop.
John explained that this project includes a “mill and overlay” all the way from state line north to the swim center. This involves the use of a heavy-duty machine with cutting teeth that chips out, or mills, the existing pavement. Then the overlay of new asphalt takes place.
He said that the new asphalt is a dense grade that includes a light surface coat that will improve the wear of the pavement and make for a smoother ride.
In addition to the mill and overlay project, extensive work is being completed along the major intersections of Highway 88.
At Kimmerling Road, they have widened the highway and added a left turn pocket onto Kimmerling, essentially doubling the length of the existing turn lane. John told me that there was no acceleration lane added from Kimmerling onto 88 due to the underground utilities being so close to the edge of the road at that location.
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The intersection of Centerville and 88 now includes two deceleration lanes in each direction. In addition, thanks to the forward thinking on the part of the county and NDOT, an electrical conduit is now in place for a future four-way traffic signal.
At Mottsville and Waterloo, two deceleration lanes have been added, along with a northbound acceleration lane. Utility vaults precluded a southbound acceleration lane. The big news here, though, is the four-way traffic signal that is being installed. John explained that while much of the work for the light has already been completed, there is a steel shortage that has affected the entire construction industry. This has resulted in a delay of the poles needed for the light.
As of now, the poles are scheduled for December delivery, and the traffic signal is expected to be fully functional by late winter or early spring.
Road construction will continue at least through September. From the swim center to Kimmerling, work takes place from approximately 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from Kimmerling to state line, you can expect construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be on the watch for flagger signals and be prepared to follow a pilot car.
Delays might run 30 minutes, although I haven’t waited more than 10 minutes so far.
Let’s remember to give the workers a brake, as they say. These improvements will make the roads safer for us all.
— Amy Roby can be reached at RanchosRoundup@hotmail.com.