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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 11, 2022

 

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Justin Hopkins
Phone: 725.208.2771 | Email:
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NDOT, Community Celebrates Opening of Multi-Use Trail in Caliente


Caliente, Nev. – Today The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) joined officials from Lincoln County, the city of Caliente, the Lincoln County Authority of Tourism, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, along with community members in celebrating the opening of a new multi-use trail at Kershaw-Ryan State Park in Caliente.

 

Click here for pictures of the ribbon-cutting event (Courtesy: Nevada Dept. of Transportation).

 

The $1.36-million project along SR-317 was funded by the City of Caliente with matching federal dollars from the Transportation Alternatives Fund (TAP) by contract authority from the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund. Work included a chip seal, restripe, and new signage on Clover St. from SR-317 to Depot Ave.  Construction began in April by contractor WW Clyde of Orem, Utah, and bikers and joggers are already enjoying safer access between the park and downtown Caliente.

 

“NDOT really went the extra mile, both literally and figuratively,” said Jeff Fontaine, executive director of the Lincoln County Regional Development Authority. “They worked really hard to make sure that this project was something the community of Lincoln County and the city could afford. They capped the cost of the project for the county and the city.”

 

NDOT designed the project and helped to secure the matching federal grant for construction.

 

“We’re very happy that we are providing a safe route for locals and tourists who want to exercise and ride their bikes out here,” said Mario Gomez, District 1 Engineer for NDOT. “We continue to be great partners with the city of Caliente and Lincoln County.”

 

The project is expected to be a boost to Lincoln County tourism and provide safer recreation to and from Kershaw-Ryan State Park.

 

“I’ve lived here over 20 years and I’ve been biking this road for that long and it’s been unsafe for that long,” said Teva Avery who owns the Shady Motel in Caliente and frequently bikes and roller blades in the area. “I want to speak for everyone that’s active in saying thank you so much for everything.”  Avery said she looks forward to the trail safely linking tourism between the park and the city’s retail center.

 

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