Crews have begin construction on Phase 2 of improvements to the 13-mile Scenic Drive in Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. The construction, which is scheduled to proceed into summer 2017, will improve three parking lots and rehabilitate pavement on the entire loop road.
Construction has started on Calico 1 parking lot and trailhead; Calico I is currently closed for improvements and will remain closed for about three months until the construction is finished. Construction is scheduled to start on Sandstone Quarry and Pine Creek Canyon parking lots after the first of the year when the Calico 1 parking lot reopens.
Rehabilitation of the pavement of the 13-mile Scenic Drive is scheduled to begin around February. It will initially be performed in one-mile segments. During this time, the travel lane width will be reduced to 11 feet inside the one-mile segment. Each segment should take one week to complete. There will be a reduced speed limit and no passing allowed in the active construction segments. Visitors are asked to take extreme caution while traveling in the construction area, as it could be shared motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The segments may expand a half mile if it is determined construction can be performed safely, and with minimal delay to visitors, after the first few miles are complete.
The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and will be performed by Las Vegas Paving.
Progress and current construction area updates will be posted to Bureau of Land Management Nevada social media, including the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BLMNevada and the Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BLMNV, and available at the fee booths and Visitors’ Center.
Work on the first phase was completed in February 2016 and was funded by Federal Highway Administration and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. Phase one included construction of two new bridges that replaced low water crossings at the Sandstone and Red Rock washes which have improved visitor safety and reduced maintenance during flash flood events. The Phase One project also included improvements to the visitor center parking lot.
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