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NDOT Installs Steel Mesh Along Mt. Rose Highway

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It is normal to see cars along the Mt. Rose Highway, but not a helicopter. This week, Nevada Department of Transportation is using one to help in road construction near the summit.

9,500 square yards of steel mesh is being installed along the steep terrain.

“They are actually picking up individual strands of this wire mesh slope covering that they are going to fly and place on the slope,” said Meg Ragonese with NDOT.

Crews on the ground secure the mesh to the hillside and the process is repeated. It's mesh that NDOT crews say will prevent rocks from falling onto the highway below.

“Anything we can do to enhance safety when we do have a project on a road like Mt. Rose, we will do that,” said Ragonese.

This work is part of NDOT's $10 million road construction project on the highway which includes new guardrail, rumble strips, drainage systems, and new pavement.

NDOT is soon to begin the repaving process of the highway which will take place 24/7 through October before taking a winter break. The entire project is set to wrap up next summer.

Expect delays up to 30 minutes Wednesday and Thursday morning as the wire mesh installation continues.
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