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Mayor's Brief
by Roger Tobler
Boulder City Mayor

Hemenway Valley Construction

This week, I met with representatives from NDOT to get an update on the U.S. 93 improvements in Hemenway Valley. The project is planned to be substantially completed before Thanksgiving weekend. Substantial completion means that the additional downhill traffic lane will be constructed, except for the final “lift” or top layer of finish asphalt.

The raised medians that create turn pockets and pavement striping will also be in place. There will be some uneven pavement surfaces where the old pavement ends and the new pavement begins, primarily at the beginning and end of the project and at the intersections from side streets. However, weather is a factor, as rain can cause potential delays to the project and this proposed time line.

Although the project will be substantially completed in Boulder City by Thanksgiving, residents should still anticipate periodic lane closures while final shoulder work and grading are taking place. There is still about three weeks of construction to be done in the area of the Hacienda, so motorists should anticipate delays when traveling to Arizona. So far, NDOT seems supportive of keeping the 35 mph speed zone through Hemenway Valley until final completion.

At certain times during the paving process, left turn lane pockets will be eliminated at Lake Mountain Drive, Ville Drive and Pacifica. Additionally, there will be some soft lane closures along the route as the contractor performs its finishing work. This means that the roadway will remain open, but the number of lanes that are open will be reduced.

The City has asked that additional public outreach be done. NDOT has been scheduled to appear at the November 8, 2011 City Council meeting to give a formal update on the project. There is also a link on the city’s website to NDOT if you are interested in checking on the project’s status.

The City has been doing additional traffic enforcement along this route in an effort to control speed, reduce engine brake and enforce the truck embargo. Please use extra caution as you travel through the Hemenway Valley area and drive defensively!

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