Nevada State Route 160

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State Route 160 marker

State Route 160
Blue Diamond Road
Pahrump Valley Road
Nevada State Route 160 travels from the southern Las Vegas Valley through Pahrump to US 95.
State Route 160, highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 80.393 mi[1] (129.380 km)
Existed: 1976 – present
Major junctions
Southeast end: Las Vegas Boulevard south of Las Vegas
  I‑15 in Enterprise
Northwest end: US 95 north of Pahrump
Highway system
SR 160 between Las Vegas and Mountain Springs
SR 160 as divided highway between Mountain Springs and Pahrump

State Route 160 is a state highway in southern Nevada, USA. It connects the southern Las Vegas Valley to U.S. Route 95 northwest of the city via the Pahrump Valley. The southern part of the route sees heavy traffic, mostly due to Pahrump's continued growth as a Las Vegas bedroom community.

The route is known as Blue Diamond Road within the Las Vegas area, with the remainder referred to as the Pahrump Valley Highway.

A portion of the route was originally part of State Route 16 prior to 1978.

Route description[edit]

State Route 160 begins in the southern Las Vegas metro area at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard (former SR 604) and East Windmill Lane. It runs west-southwest towards the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and over Mountain Springs Summit (elevation 5,502 feet (1,677 m)) before turning northwest towards Pahrump. Outside of Pahrump, SR 160 heads more north-northwest to reach its western terminus at US 95.

History[edit]

State Route 160 was originally part of State Route 16 from Pahrump north to US 95. State Route 16 was one of Nevada’s original state highways dating from the 1920s.[2] It began at the Nevada/California border south of Pahrump and ran north to the city over Hidden Hills Ranch Road.[citation needed] From there, it continued north over present-day State Route 160.

In 1976, the section from Pahrump to US 95 became part of the newly created State Route 160. The section from the California border to Pahrump remained as State Route 16 until it was removed by 1982.[3]

In 2007, State Route 160 was realigned slightly over I-15 in southern Las Vegas. The highway was moved a short distance to the south between Valley View Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard, realigning the southeastern terminus with East Windmill Lane at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard. The project also reconstructed the ramps of the aging interchange, allowing for better traffic flow to and from I-15.

Major intersections[edit]

Note: Mileposts in Nevada reset at county lines; the start and end mileposts for each county are given in the county column.
County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Clark
0.000–43.293
  0.000 0.000 Las Vegas Boulevard Eastern terminus; former SR 604;
begin Blue Diamond Road – end Windmill Lane
  0.490 0.789 I‑15 to I‑215 east / CC 215 west – Los Angeles, Salt Lake City Interchange
  4.333 6.973 Rainbow Boulevard Former SR 595
  11.005 17.711 SR 159 (Blue Diamond Road) – Blue Diamond, Red Rock begin Pahrump Valley Highway
  36 58 Tecopa Road / Old Spanish Trail Highway – Tecopa Former Old Spanish Trail alignment[4]
Nye
0.000–37.032
Pahrump 53.036 85.353 SR 372 (Charles Brown Highway) – Shoshone, Death Valley
  80.325 129.271 US 95 – Las Vegas, Tonopah Western terminus; end Pahrump Valley Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2012). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ State of Nevada, Department of Highways (1929). Highway Map of the State of Nevada (Map).
  3. ^ Nevada State Highway Department (1978–79). Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map).
  4. ^ "Routes from Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park". National Park Service. July 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2014. "The "most scenic route" from Las Vegas to Death Valley includes driving on "Tecopa Road (Old Spanish Trail)."" 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing