LAS VEGAS -- There will be some long delays for drivers traveling to Mount Charleston this week.
The Nevada Department of Transportation will enforce road restrictions on Mount Charleston to facilitate several projects on State Route 158 beginning Wednesday.
NDOT will conduct blasting operations for an excavating project that includes lengthening and adding a new overlook to the trail. NDOT will also cut into the face of the mountain to create sightlines between oncoming traffic and the nearby parking lot, which will be expanded and widened.
Test blasting will start 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Lane restrictions will be in effect until from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.
Starting next week, lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.
During the restricted periods, SR158 will be closed from the Deer Creek Picnic Area to the intersection of SR156—however, both the picnic area and SR156 will remain open, and area residents will have access to their homes. The trail and parking lot upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of November.
The public will be able to access the mountain from Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon. Residents and members of the public who want to drive into the area will have to go down to U.S. 95 to get across the mountain.
Following completion of next week’s work, a six-month pilot operation will be implemented to move traffic on State Route 158, with limited access from Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon.