Construction will last through the end of this week on Grass Valley Road/ State Route 294.
Construction will last through the end of this week on Grass Valley Road/ State Route 294.
The chip-seal construction project on Grass Valley Road/State Route 294 will finish up this week but residents should plan for a maximum 30-minute delay when using the road due to fog-sealing and striping. 

NDOT Resident Engineer Trent Averett said the chip-seal coating over the roadway is for the preservation of the road paving. Construction workers apply chips as an aggregate on the roadway and later add an oil emulsion over the top to adhere the chips and seal them to the roadway. 

“We have a standard policy on all of our NDOT jobs that the traffic cannot be stopped for more than 20 minutes at one time in a construction zone and not be delayed more than 30 minutes through the whole project unless it’s the interstate,” said Averett. 

The contractor was in Battle Mountain last week completing a chip-seal there as part of the same project.

Workers started the chip-seal project in Winnemucca on August 24 before moving to the Battle Mountain project. 

The contractor, Intermountain Slurry Seal has 30 working days from the beginning of the project to complete, so both locations will be completed no later than September 30 but the goal is to have Grass Valley Road finished this week according to Averett. 

Like many other industries, the project had a recent setback with possible COVID-19 exposure following the work done in Winnemucca and prior to the Battle Mountain roadwork beginning. All crew members were tested prior to returning to the project out of an abundance of caution.  

Averett said that it’s not ideal that the construction crew is working and there are road delays during the school year but based on the budget/bidding/award process for the contract and availability of the contractor that was the only option for the work to be done.