The Mt. Charleston Winter Alliance(MCWA) announces the launch of www.mtcharlestonwinter.com, a site that provides winter road conditions and weather updates along with safety tips and winter outdoor recreation information for visitors to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA). The MCWA was created to promote and ensure public safety during the winter months when areas like Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon see spikes in visitation.
The public awareness initiative also includes public service announcements in English and Spanish created by Clark County Television (CCTV). The MCWA is a collaborative effort between Clark County, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), Lee Canyon, the Mount Charleston Fire & Rescue District, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) and U.S. Forest Service.
“The Mt. Charleston Winter Alliance’s goal is to ensure public safety and decrease the number of winter weather related road and recreation accidents,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who represents the Mt. Charleston area and serves as chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. “Our organizations have joined together to ensure that our residents and guests enjoy the beauty of the Spring Mountains safely during the winter season.”
According to NHP, Lee and Kyle Canyons can see 25,000 cars during a holiday weekend when snow is present on the mountain. To ensure timely emergency response to the area and public safety, NHP monitors traffic congestion and road conditions in both canyons during the winter months and regulates access as needed.
Road closures including Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Rd.), 157 (Kyle Canyon Rd.) and 158 (Deer Creek Rd.) that provide access to ski and snow play areas in Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon will be posted onwww.mtcharlestonwinter.com. Road condition information will be taken directly from NDOT’s website and visitors can also call 511 for information on road conditions and closures in Nevada.
“Traffic congestion during snowy days on the mountain can impede access of emergency vehicles including ambulances and snow plows, which jeopardizes public safety,” explains Loy Hixson, public information officer at NHP. “Therefore, this season as in past seasons, Nevada Highway Patrol will be monitoring visitor volume, road conditions, available parking, and regulating access to ensure safety.”
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