Nevada State Route 318

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State Route 318 marker

State Route 318
Silver State Classic Challenge Highway
Sunnyside Road
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 110.766 mi[1] (178.261 km)
Existed: 1976 – present
History: SR 38 by 1935 & SR 38A by 1937; All SR 38 by 1946; Renumbered SR 318 in 1976
Major junctions
South end: US 93 near Hiko
North end: US 6 northwest of Preston
Location
Counties: Lincoln, Nye, White Pine
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 317 SR 319

State Route 318 (SR 318) is a state highway in eastern Nevada. It is often used as a shortcut between northeastern Nevada and Las Vegas, bypassing the longer and less direct route of U.S. Route 93 between Ely and Crystal Springs. The highway was established in the 1930s as State Route 38 and State Route 38A, and was renumbered to SR 318 in 1976. The road is used for open speed highway races twice a year.

Route description[edit]

First reassurance sign along southbound SR 318

SR 318 begins on U.S. Route 93 (US 93) at Crystal Springs in Lincoln County. From there, it travels north through Hiko. SR 318 generally parallels the route of the White River on its trek northward. The highway travels through Nye County and the town of Sunnyside. The highway then enters White Pine County and serves the community of Lund. SR 318 ends at a junction on US 6 approximately 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Ely.[1][2]

The racing video game Need For Speed: Pro Street features a portion of the highway as a racing track for Speed Challenges.

History[edit]

Looking north on SR 318 towards Lund

A county road approximating the course of the present highway was indicated on state maps by 1933.[3] As of 1935, State Route 38 was designated along the north end of the county road, between State Route 4 (later US 6) at Barnes and the town of Lund.[4] This 12-mile (19 km) segment of highway was completely paved by 1936.[5] The remaining unimproved portions of the county road was made part of the state highway system by 1937—the five miles (8.0 km) from US 93 to Hiko became the first iteration of SR 60, while the remaining 115 miles (185 km) was designated SR 38A.[6] By 1939, however, SR 60 was removed and replaced by SR 38A—the southern end of the route was also shifted more easterly by this time.[7] In 1942, the entire 107 miles (172 km) length of SR 38A between US 93 and Lund had been graded to more closely follow the White River.[8] The SR 38A designation was completely absorbed into SR 38 by 1946—by this time, SR 38 was approximately 120 miles (190 km) long.[9]

SR 38 would remain relatively unchanged, except for gradual pavement upgrades, for several years. However, on July 1, 1976, Nevada began a major renumbering of all its state highway system. In that process, SR 38 was rechristened as the new State Route 318.[10] The changes were first noted on the 1978 edition of the official state highway map.[11] The route number conversion was completed by 1982—by that time, the entire highway was completely paved.[12]

At the request of White Pine County's Board of Tourism and Recreation, the Nevada Board of Transportation renamed SR 318 from "Sunnyside Road" to the "Silver State Classic Challenge Highway" on May 24, 2012.[13] More than 100 miles of the highway, between Lund, Nevada and Hiko, Nevada are closed twice a year for the Nevada Open Road Challenge and Silver State Classic Challenge road races.

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 mi[14] km Destinations Notes
Lincoln
0.00–48.83
Crystal Springs 0.00 0.00 US 93 – Las Vegas, Ely
SR 375 (Extraterrestrial Highway) – Rachel
Nye
0.00–38.69
No major junctions
White Pine
0.00–22.56
SR 895 – Preston
22.56 36.31 US 6 – Ely, Tonopah
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b State Maintained Highways: Descriptions and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2014. 
  2. ^ Google (April 27, 2014). "Overview of SR 318" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Official Road Map of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada State Highway Department. 1933. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ Official Road Map of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada State Highway Department. 1935. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1936. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1937. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1939. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1942. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1946. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2001. 
  11. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (PDF) (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978. § D5-E5. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (PDF) (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1982. § D5-E5. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps — April, May, June 2012 System Changes. Nevada Department of Transportation. July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Maps of Milepost Location on Nevada's Federal and State Highway System by County" (PDF). Nevada Department of Transportation. May 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google