'Car-Nado' warning: Spaghetti Bowl ramp closures in downtown Vegas start Wednesday at 10 p.m.

By Nikki Bowers | nbowers@8newsnow.com, Michael Stevens | mstevens@8newsnow.com, Sharie Johnson | sjohnson@8newsnow.com

Published 10/25 2016 11:36PM

Updated 10/26 2016 08:47PM

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.

DYC: Alternate routes to help drivers during Spaghetti Bowl closures

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.

Much like a tornado, Car-Nado will affect everyone and everything in its path. The Project Neon construction has caused many businesses to close its doors while other businesses like La Cabana have until the end of the year to turn their keys over to NDOT.

“It's really sad,” said William Jacobs, owner of La Cabana.  “There's a lot of history here, we went through the recession, and we survived.”

The restaurant has been on Martin Luther King Boulevard for about 23 years, but now it’s relocating to must find a new home on West Sahara near Rancho. Another business that’s moving, Walker Furniture, is remaining optimistic about Car-nado's impact.

“We did lose our warehouse and it did have some important signage on the I-15, but once they’re done doing what they have to do, we will duplicate that to the best of our ability,” said Larry Alterwitz, the CEO of Walker Furniture. “I can tell you this, I'm going to make my buys so good that people are going to keep coming here.”

During Car-nado, 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).



Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.