The Ely Times

It was reported at last week’s Ely City Council meeting that the Nevada Department of Transportation’s project that was due to start in the Spring has now been pushed off to 2020.  

The initial project discussed plans, for future improvement to Aultman Street, Great Basin Boulevard and U.S.6 in Ely.  

Planned improvement initially included a “complete streets” concept to reconstruct sections of Aultman Street and Great Basin Boulevard and reconfigure lanes to provide a safer route for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.  

The future project will repave and restripe sections of Aultman Street to provide one travel lane in each direction, as well as designated turn lane in each direction.  

The project will also improve drainage utilities and traffic signals, repair curb, gutter and sidewalks, and add lighting, roadway aesthetics and pedestrian safety enhancements.  

City Attorney Chuck Odgers explained to the council that NDOT has run into some issues.   “We’re changing how the program is moving forward,” he said. “They are going to be breaking it down into two parts.”

Each project will run from April through October. In the next six months, several contractors will come before the council seeking approval for projects. By December, the city and NDOT will have all final construction documents done.  

The grant from Nevada Department of Wildlife was approved unanimously. The agenda item was for ratification of the mayor’s acceptance of the Nevada Department of Wildlife basic Hunter Education grant in the amount of $372,393. The Steptoe Valley Trap, Skeet and Target Club will be using this grant for their location out on Lackawanna Highway.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Odgers said. “NDOW needs to spend all of this funding before the end of the year.  As soon as the weather permits, they’ll be able to start putting the building together. The well and a bathroom, it’s pretty exciting for the city.”

Hanson made the motion to approve the ratification. Vote was approved unanimously.  

The unanimous approval was also given for City Hall to be open until 5 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. for both the primary and general voter registrations for this years elections.