LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Road damage caused by last Friday’s 6.5 magnitude earthquake will cost more than $700,000 to fix, prompting Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to declare an emergency to expedite more repair work.
The road reopened the same day after motorists were forced to detour after US 95 split open between the small community of Mina and Coaldale Junction, west of Tonopah. But highway, which runs over a dry lakebed with one travel lane in each direction, will require more extensive repairs.
More road repairs will be required on US Route 6 and US Route 360, as well.
Transportation disruptions after the earthquake affected roads in Esmeralda, Mineral and Nye counties. Aftershocks continued days after the initial quake.
A State Declaration of Emergency was required to access Federal Highway Administration Emergency Response funding, according to a Thursday news release.
The earthquake was Nevada’s quake in the past six decades, a spokesperson said.