The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will make 24/7 closures of Interstate 15's south and northbound ramps to U.S. Highway 95 northbound beginning at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The closure will continue through late-Feb. 2017. Interstate 15 north and southbound ramps to Martin Luther King Boulevard will also be closed during the same time frame.
In addition, U.S. Highway 95 northbound ramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard will also close starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 26. That closure will also continue through late-Feb. 2017.
The 120-day ramp closures are needed for demolition of a 22-year-old two-lane bridge over Martin Luther King Boulevard currently carrying traffic from Interstate 15 northbound to U.S. Highway 95 northbound. The 550-foot-long concrete bridge will be rebuilt to the north of the current location, creating additional room for a future High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) flyover structure.
The work is part of Project Neon – a nearly $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue. The ramp closures are being dubbed, “Car-Nado,” to raise driver awareness about the severity and impact of the multi-month-long event.
Drivers' access to downtown Las Vegas will remain unimpeded with U.S. Highway 95 and I-15 staying open in both directions. The department is providing several detour routes while ramp closures are in place.
- I-15 southbound to U.S. 95 northbound's traffic will exit at Lake Mead Boulevard westbound and head south on Martin Luther King Boulevard for access to U.S. 95 northbound.
- I-15 Northbound to U.S. 95 northbound's traffic will be detoured onto the Martin Luther King Boulevard exit ramp and back onto U.S. 95 northbound via a temporary one-lane detour with a reduced speed limit.
- U.S. 95 Northbound to Martin Luther King Boulevard's detour traffic will continue onto U.S. 95 northbound to Rancho Drive and turnaround on U.S. 95 southbound to exit at Martin Luther King Boulevard.
- I-15 Northbound to Martin Luther King Boulevard's detour traffic will exit Charleston Boulevard westbound and turn north to access Martin Luther King Boulevard.
- I-15 Southbound to Martin Luther King Boulevard's detour traffic will exit at Lake Mead Boulevard westbound to access Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, head construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible.
Closure: 120 days; or roughly the duration of a Congressional session
Bridge Length: 550 feet; or the length of 1½ football fields
Bridge Width: 25 feet (2 lanes); or three Volkswagen Beetles placed side-by-side
Bridge Height: 70 feet; or the equivalent height of 7 basketball hoops stacked on atop the other
Debris: 1,500 cubic yards; or enough material to fill 11 average-sized swimming pools. (The demolition concrete will be crushed and reused on the project as fill material; the rebar steel will be sorted and recycled, too).
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