Drivers, NDOT gear up for Spaghetti Bowl closure

LAS VEGAS - The Spaghetti Bowl is known for heavy congestion, and now one of its ramps will shut down for the weekend.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says it will close the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 95 to the southbound Interstate 15 ramp from 10 p.m., Sept. 16 until 10 a.m., Sept. 18.

The 36-hour closure is needed to shift the ramp lanes east in preparation for an I-15 bridge demolition crossing Symphony Park Drive.  The demolition will occur next weekend as part of Project Neon.

The work is meant to ease traffic, but it's likely going to cause some headaches on the road for drivers first.

The bridge is scheduled to be demolished next weekend, so that means drivers will have to find other ways to get onto I-15-south from U.S. 95 south for a total of about four months or until the new bridge is completed.

NDOT says crews will be working around the clock to get the job done.

"We are confident we have been planning and preparing for it, and we're ready to do it," said Tony Illia, NDOT.  "We find this creates the least amount of public impact while still getting the job done and making the necessary improvements."

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area or follow the signed detour which will reroute traffic north onto Interstate 15, using Exit 76A to the D Street exit. Project Neon is a nearly $1 billion investment that will widen a 3.6-mile stretch of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl. 

NDOT also suggests alternate routes like getting off on Valley View, Rancho or even MLK from the U.S. 95, then taking side streets to the 15.
   
The ramp is scheduled to re-open Sunday at 10 a.m.

For more information check the Project Neon website or call 702-293-NEON (6366).
 


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