Repairs on West Spring Meadows Road


AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nev. — Drivers planning to visit the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge via West Spring Meadows Road could face delays and/or road closures, as crews begin repairing the road on October 10, 2017. The contractor (Ahtna Design-Build, Inc.) expects to complete the work by December 15, 2017.

Motorists are advised to use the south entrance off of Belle Vista Road when visiting the refuge. Those driving between Amargosa Valley and Pahrump are asked to use U.S. 95 and NV 160. Any additional notifications will be issued to this newspaper and posted on Facebook and at www.fws.gov/refuge/ash_meadows/.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received deferred maintenance funding to replace failing culverts, repair the low water crossing, rebuild the road embankment, and install riprap (a layer of stones or chunks of concrete to prevent erosion) on West Spring Meadows Road.

The Service also received Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Federal Lands Highways to repair flood damage to West Spring Meadows Road. The October 2015 flood eroded the embankment, damaged culverts, washed away surfacing, and damaged 200 feet of the low-water crossing.

The work includes:

 

  • Rebuilding the shoulder at three culvert crossings.
  • Replacing small culverts with larger culverts and riprap.
  • Repairing the low water crossing, stabilizing it with geotextile (permeable fabric) and riprap, constructing concrete cut-off walls for added protection, and covering the crossing with hot mix asphalt pavement.
  • Rebuilding the road embankment along the narrow portions of roadway from the low water crossing to east of the Carson Slough.

 

The contractor may need to temporarily close West Spring Meadows Road while completing the repair work to protect the health and safety of motorists. The Service will keep the public and its neighbors informed as the project moves forward.

The Ash Meadows NWR, located approximately 30 miles northwest of Pahrump in Nye County, Nevada, was established in 1984 under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. It covers nearly 24,000 acres of spring-fed wetlands and desert uplands that provide habitat for at least 26 plant and animal species that occur nowhere else in the world.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/cno/ or connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.