VIRGINIA CITY, Nev., May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comstock Mining Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE:LODE), announced today that the State Route (SR) 342 realignment project is complete and has been accepted by both the Nevada Department of Transportation and Storey County. SR 342 is a critical connecting component to the northern Nevada quadrant, connecting Reno, Virginia City, and together with Highway 50, Carson City.  The USA Parkway project, scheduled for completion this summer, further connects the northern Nevada quadrant by connecting Highway 80 with Highway 50, opening up the entire quadrant to significant commercial expansions. 
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The SR 342 realignment is a safer and more efficient passage for tourism and it features a picturesque, rock-lined waterway
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This new section of SR 342 enhanced the quality of life throughout our region by providing a safe and scenic travel route to and from Virginia City as well as supporting tourism and commerce for its many businesses.

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Corrado De Gasperis, Executive Chairman & CEO, commented, "Genuine sustainability is embedded in our 'Comstock Responsible' culture. We facilitated a complex network of regulatory cooperation to rebuild and realign a critical section of SR 342 that ultimately connects Virginia City and Gold Hill with Highway 50, and the explosive growth we are experiencing in northern Nevada. This project has enhanced the quality of safety of transport through our community, supporting tourism and commerce for its many expanding businesses."

Comstock Mining coordinated and collaborated with communities in both Storey and Lyon Counties; Nevada Division of Environmental Protection; Nevada Department of Transportation; State Historic Preservation Office; McGinley & Associates; Debra Lemke; Resource Concepts; and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. DeGasperis added, "The SR 342 realignment provided several sustainable advantages, including the removal and remediation of abandoned mercury-contaminated mine dumps, the capping and sealing of an historic 1000-foot vertical mine shaft, and the creation of a scenic, rock-lined waterway.  This provided a safer and more efficient passage for commerce, a safe separation for Comstock Mining's modern mining operations and one of the most profound voluntary reclamation projects in northern Nevada."

The successful rebuilding and realignment of SR 342 is a testament to the leadership and sustainable philosophy demonstrated by Comstock Mining and its "Comstock Responsible" culture.

One of the most profound voluntary reclamation projects in northern Nevada, the SR 342 realignment provided several sustainable advantages, including the removal and remediation of abandoned mercury-contaminated mine dumps and the capping and sealing of an historic 1000-foot vertical mine shaft.

About Comstock Mining Inc.

Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based, gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District and is an emerging leader in sustainable, responsible mining. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and completed its first phase of production. The Company continues evaluating and acquiring properties inside and outside the district expanding its footprint and exploring all of our existing and prospective opportunities for further exploration, development and mining. The near term goal of our business plan is to maximize intrinsic stockholder value realized, per share, by continuing to acquire mineralized and potentially mineralized properties, exploring, developing and validating qualified resources and reserves (proven and probable) that enable the commercial development of our operations through extended, long-lived mine plans that are economically feasible and socially responsible.

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Contact information for Comstock Mining Inc.:PO Box 1118Virginia City, NV  89440http://www.comstockmining.comCorrado De GasperisPresident & CEOTel (775) 847-4755degasperis@comstockmining.comZach SpencerExternal RelationsTel (775) 847-5272 ext. 151questions@comstockmining.com