Gerlach/Empire Nevada get assistance in Securing Economic Stimulus Money
(posted April 1, 2009)
With Billions of dollars floating around for construction projects, the
Burning Man Project has teamed up with the cities of Gerlach & Empire Nevada
to stake their claim in the massive highway funds being distributed by the
US Government. Support is mounting in the area for a 4 lane Toll Road
Bypass for travelers heading North of NV440. During the three week festival
season each August these towns are inundated with so called 'Burners'.
"They appear friendly enough on the outside", says a long-time Gerlach resident. "But they will piss in your yard if you do not keep an eye on them." Sentiments like this from other area home owners has this legislation on the fast-track.
Currently NV440 winds its way thru the streets of both Gerlach & Empire, the
proposal is to construct a bypass that will spare the locals from any Burner
intrusions. All vehicles will be required to pay a $20 fee to get to the
entrance of the Black Rock Desert. Approx. $.69 of each toll collected will
be distributed amongst the locals to compensate for the predicted 34% drop
in local sales tax collections. Alternate plans being considered allow for
the creation of a Business Loop Frontage Road so local establishments like Bruno's and the Empire General store can remain in business.