CARSON CITY — Comstock Mining and Nevada Department of Transportation employees earned the recognition of the NDOT board of directors for an environmental award received earlier this year.
During the NDOT board meeting Dec. 11, attended by Gov. Brian Sandoval, NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon recognized the work done by NDOT and Comstock Mining, as well as other entities, to win the Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Award for Abandoned Mine Lands Hazard Mitigation, which included the rebuilding of State Route 342 and reclamation of historic mine features.
Following a period of heavy precipitation in 2015, cracks were detected in State Route 342 adjacent to Comstock Mining’s Lucerne Mine operations near Gold Hill in Storey County. As the landowner, Comstock Mining responded in a collaborative effort with NDOT and Storey County to engineer and rebuild and align the highway.
Also, a new permanent channel was constructed for Gold Canyon Creek, and SR 342 was realigned for safety and stability. This effort included the removal and remediation of legacy, imported mercury that remained in tailings and dump material located beneath the highway as well as the permanent capping of an historic mine shaft.
Comstock paid for the entire project, while NDOT provided design, construction, and other support.