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ELKO — The start date for work on Lamoille Highway has been delayed until July 9.

Construction was supposed to begin June 4, but the asphalt plant that supplies the Nevada Department of Transportation “had issues,” said John England, NDOT engineer.

Lightning struck the plant, and NDOT crews are waiting until the resulting issues are resolved before ordering batches, England said.

Work scheduled for the roadway mainly will take place between the roundabout, at State Route 227 and Licht and Spring Creek parkways, and Pleasant Valley Drive.

Plans call for resurfacing and shoulder work. The design includes widening the shoulder to accommodate widening the road by 4 feet.

New center markings will feature a “double double yellow” solid style like the highway has between Jiggs Highway and the roundabout, said Boyd Ratliff, NDOT District 3 engineer.

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While the department improves the highway, workers will extend the bicycle path that follows Lamoille Highway.

Upgrades also include adding right turn lanes for Spring Creek High School and Boyd-Kennedy Road.

Drivers on Lamoille Highway are most likely to experience delays as crews work on paving.

The project should be completed before school starts.

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