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BLM Announces Road construction on Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive Begins February 26

BLM Announces Road construction on Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive Begins February 26
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Press release from the Bureau of Land Management announces upcoming road construction on the 13 mile Red Rock Scenic Loop starts on Monday, February 26th.  Keep this in mind when planning your rides.  Press release below.

Road construction on Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive Begins February 26

Las Vegas – Crews will begin pulverization and paving on the 13-mile scenic drive in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on February 26. The construction, which is scheduled to proceed into summer, will rehabilitate pavement on the entire scenic drive.

The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and will be performed by Las Vegas Paving.

Rehabilitation of the pavement of the 13-mile scenic drive 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.

Progress and current construction area updates will be posted to BLM Nevada social media, including the Facebook Page and the Twitter feed, and available at the fee booths and Visitors’ Center.

Public meetings were held in 2014 on the project, which received wide-spread support.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
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