Expect roadwork on Kingsbury through May

Workers clear Kingsbury Grade after a mud slide caused by wet weather in February.

Workers clear Kingsbury Grade after a mud slide caused by wet weather in February.

Drivers will see minor travel delays on Kingsbury Grade through June as the Nevada Department of Transportation removes debris from eroded roadside slopes and drainages.

Between May 1 and June 30, drivers should anticipate travel delays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the Carson Valley side of the highway between the summit and junction with State Route 206.

While travel delays will average under five minutes, up to 30-minute delays are possible during major rock removal.

To enhance roadway safety and drainage, contractor Q&D Construction will remove loose earth and debris which has fallen to the roadside from roughly 15 roadside slopes. An approximately 60-feet concrete barrier rail will also be added at the bottom of one of the slopes to reduce erosion onto the roadway.

Drivers also should anticipate lane and road closures in future months for additional roadway improvements, including replacing roadway drainage pipes and other roadside slope repairs.

The road repairs continue NDOT’s efforts to help keep drivers on Kingsbury Grade safe, said state spokeswoman Meg Ragoneses.

This winter, NDOT replaced an eroded drainage pipe on Kingsbury Grade. A roadside slope also slid, with 1-4-foot diameter boulders falling from a nearby hill onto the highway.

“Loose trees, boulders and earth were quickly removed from the slopes to reduce the threat of mud, rock and debris falling across the highway,” Ragoneses said.

The section of road is traveled by approximately 5,600 vehicles daily.


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