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Widening Of State Road 160 Finished

The Nevada Department of Transportation completed a widening of a dangerous stretch of road that links Las Vegas to Pahrump this week.

The $16 million road project widened a five-mile portion of State Route 160, or Blue Diamond Road from two travel lanes to four.

The work began in February 2016 and occurred between Red Rock Canyon Road and mile marker 17 just before entering Mountain Springs.

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A five-year crash study found that the stretch of road in the area had an average crash rate of almost double that of the average highway, with 280 crashes occurring. Travel time was also often affected up to several hours with road closures accompanying major crashes.