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Pavement Work at Lake Mead Starts After Labor Day

Pavement Work at Lake Mead Starts After Labor Day

 

Another Lake Mead-area construction project will get under way at the end of the busy summer tourism season.

St. Thomas Road Closed, Rangers Warn of Other Road Problems

St. Thomas Road Closed, Rangers Warn of Other Road Problems

 

The National Park Service announced that St. Thomas Road will be closed until further notice because of damage from recent thunderstorms.

Park rangers urge visitors to be cautious when driving on roads near Lake Mead National Recreation Area for the next few weeks. Thunderstorms have left many roads in the backcountry covered with debris and mud. It could take weeks for the roads to be cleared.

All paved and access roads in developed areas are open. 

Law Enforcement Looks for Drunk Drivers over Fourth of July Holiday

Law Enforcement Looks for Drunk Drivers over Fourth of July Holiday

 

Boulder City Police will be joining forces with law enforcement from around southern Nevada to crackdown on drinking and driving over the Independence Day holiday.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will include sobriety checkpoints throughout southern Nevada starting Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 4.

Officers that are trained as Drug Recognition Experts will be looking specifically for drugged drivers. They will be trying to find and arrest impaired drivers before they get into an accident. The Fourth of July holiday is one of the deadliest holidays of the year for DUI-related accidents. 

Paving Project Closes Lanes on U.S. 93

Paving Project Closes Lanes on U.S. 93

Lanes on U.S. 93 will be closed starting Wednesday.

Crews from Nevada Department of Transportation will be closing one lane of U.S. 93 in each direction from Buchanan Boulevard to Lake Shore Drive. The closures will be in place for about two weeks while crews complete the final paving of the highway.

This project will be followed by paving of the area of the freeway from Lake Shore Drive to the Hoover Dam exit. No date for that project has been announced.

The paving is part of the project to widen U.S. 93. The freeway needed to be widened after the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge opened in 2010. The bridge, which allows traffic to bypass the Hoover Dam, increased traffic along U.S. 93 and caused major traffic backups in Boulder City. The expanded lanes will alleviate the problem.

The entire project is expected to be finished by the end of the November. 

Expect Traffic Disruptions at Lake Mead Friday

 

There will be traffic controls in place at one intersection near Lake Mead Friday morning.

Crews will be working on asphalt pavement crack sealing at the intersection of Lakeshore and Northshore Roads within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The work starts at 6:30 a.m. It is scheduled to be finished by 10 a.m. Funding for the project is provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

The park service is reminding everyone to wear their seatbelts while driving to the lake, and to put on their lifejackets when they are on the water. 

Construction Affects Lake Mead Area During Spring Break

Construction Affects Lake Mead Area During Spring Break

 

Spring Break revelers heading to Lake Mead are advised of an important road restriction.

The southbound travel lane of Lakeshore Road within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be closed for construction at mile marker 1.5 for 100 yards April 3-5.  Additionally, the speed limit will be reduced from 50 mph to 20 mph for 300 yards on both travel lanes approaching the construction site.

The National Park Service is advising visitors to expect delays and exercise caution as they approach the construction site.

Visitors are also reminded to wear seatbelts and life jackets during Spring Break while enjoying the lands and waterways of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 

Dam Bypass Bridge Wins National Award

Dam Bypass Bridge Wins National Award

The engineering marvel that is the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is now an award recipient.

In recognition of the challenges to build such a structure in a difficult environment, the bridge was honored this week with the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award. The announcement was made last night at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. during the Society’s annual OPAL Gala.

At nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River and 1,900 feet long, the Hoover Dam Bypass helps to protect the security of the dam by removing through traffic from US 93. The structure, officially known as the Michael O’Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, was constructed in a harsh environment where temperatures reached triple digits during the day. The structure is the highest and longest arch concrete bridge in the Western hemisphere and features the world’s tallest concrete columns.