Crash forces emergency "Spaghetti Bowl" ramp closure until 6 a.m. Friday

UPDATE: Ramp reopens at 5 a.m.

LAS VEGAS - UPDATE: The ramp reopened at 5 a.m.

A major on-ramp at the Spaghetti Bowl was shut down Thursday night for emergency repairs. 

Crews will work through the night on U.S. 95 south to the I-15 southbound connector to get new barriers in place so that the ramp can reopen by morning.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says the last minute closure was necessary after a car slammed into one of the temporary barriers along the freeway.

"What our crews need to do is get in there, remove the damage portion of barrier railing, and then realign the railing because it was knocked out of place," said Tony Illia, NDOT.

Johnnie Walker says he drives in the area almost every single day, so he's gotten used to the road closures.

"You just kind of deal with it, you know," said Johnnie Walker, driver.  "You just got to deal with it. I don't think you can get used to it you know?"

Workers with NDOT said the repair is necessary to continue having thousands of cars pass through the on-ramp safely while construction continues for project neon.  NDOT crews say the barrier did its job as it was supposed to do at the time of the crash.

"It worked wonderfully," Illia said.  "It provided that safety cushion that prevented the car from toppling off the ramp and performed just as it is supposed to."

For Walker, the last minute closure is going to mean more of a headache on the road overnight as he gears up to drive Uber and Lyft passengers around town.

"I'm just going to have to find a detour," Walker said. "It's kind of bad for the customer."

NDOT staff say they take every precaution they can to keep drivers and crews on site safe.

"This being Las Vegas, we all know anything can happen, but hopefully there won't be more crashes and certainly no fatalities -- that is always the goal," Illia said.

The on-ramp is scheduled to re-open by 6 a.m. Friday morning just in time for the morning commute.
  


 


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