Construction delays hinder opening of Nevada welcome center

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As truckers struggle to find parking across the country, some are questioning when a new $3 million welcome center and rest stop located off U.S. 95 near Searchlight, NV, will open.

Damon Hodge, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, told Land Line on Tuesday that the new welcome center is scheduled to open in a few weeks, but that it hasn’t been without its delays spanning several months.

“NDOT inspected the contractor’s work and discovered design and construction problems with the well system,” Hodge said.

He said the repairs cost approximately $9,500 to replace the faulty, incorrect or inadequate equipment.

“Most recently, the delays have centered on bringing the water used in the fountains, sinks and toilets up to state and federal standards for use by the public,” Hodge said.

Hodge said he wasn’t sure how many truck parking spaces are located at the new site.

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