Roads in the VCH
The Virginia City Highlands consists primarily of dirt roads with two paved main roads. The paved roads are Lousetown and Cartwright, both are accessible from SR341 (Geiger Grade) and are used by Storey County personnel for access to the Fire Station (Station 72). Those roads are maintained by the County during the winter months to ensure emergency vehicles can enter & exit the Highlands safely. All the dirt roads are Private Property and are maintained by their respective Associations. The dirt roads are plowed during the winter months but 4wd vehicles with proper All Season or Snow tires are a must in order to traverse the Highlands safely. Some roads are steep and may require the use of tire Chains in addition to proper tires during the winter months.
The dirt roads in the Highlands are made up of a variety of natural materials (clay, fine silt & bedrock) as well as road base which has been imported in over the years. This creates different driving conditions depending on where you are in the Highlands, some roads get muddier than others during the wet/winter months and others are a base of solid rock. The roads can become dusty in the summer months and can develop washboarding, potholes and ruts throughout the year. The road maintenance typically begins after winter and continues through to the end of summer. On occasion, the roads require maintenance/emergency repairs during the winter months but only when absolutely necessary.
The speed limit on the dirt roads throughout the Highlands is 20MPH and is enforced by the Storey County Sheriffs Office* at the request of both Associations. Speeding on the dirt roads is not only unsafe but is also detrimental to the integrity of our roads, Speeding causes excessive dust and increases the possibility of wash-boarding, especially on hills and inclines. Many roads have blind corners or are narrow in places due to the geography of the area, this poses a risk to those who speed and the other drivers using the roads. The abundance of wildlife in our area also pose a potential hazard to drivers, especially when speeding.
*Traffic enforcement is provided by the Storey County Sheriff's Department, on both public and private roads. Normally, law enforcement officials in Nevada cannot enforce traffic laws on private roads, but in 1991, the Nevada Attorney General issued an opinion that determines that this arrangement is legal for traffic enforcement purposes. The VCHPOA and HRPOA both dedicated the Highlands roads to the County in July 1991 for purposes of law enforcement, and the County accepted in August 1991.