Project Neon construction to cause more lane restrictions for drivers

LAS VEGAS - Project Neon is about to launch into another major phase of the nearly $1 billion Spaghetti Bowl road project, so, valley residents' commute will get worse before it gets better.

For example, drivers on I-15 trying to get onto U.S. 95 north was a cluster Wednesday because drivers were being diverted to one lane of traffic.  The main ramp is supposed to reopen in about a month, but there's major work for Project Neon that will slow things down in the Spaghetti Bowl.

"I drive it every day on the way to work," said Michael Nesci, driver.

Nesci says it can be a real headache getting in and around the area.

"Going to work is not a problem getting onto the 15, but getting home with the MLK closure -- it's been real fun trying to find every which way back," Nesci said.

Project Neon Manager Dale Keller says he knows it's a pain to get in and around the Spaghetti Bowl.

"We don't want to induce gridlock for both major freeways or heading to the heart of Las Vegas," Keller said
 
But according to Keller, there's some good news for drivers.

"Right now as we complete the lane reductions on northbound I-15 to the northbound U.S. 95 ramp, it's on schedule to be done by the end of Feb," he said.

The MLK Boulevard exit ramp will also reopen.  However, a new headache will unfold on the 95 heading in and out of downtown in about a month.

"We're actually squeezing down lanes into two lanes in each direction from Rancho to the Spaghetti Bowl, and we're building U.S. 95 in halves," Keller said.  "We're starting on the north side and working our way down. We're doing it to make way for this big HOV flyover touchdown area onto U.S. 95."

Driving in the carpool lane won't be an option starting next week.  A portion of U.S. 95 HOV lanes will be shut down between Decatur Boulevard and Rancho Drive until late March.

It's a whole set of new issues Nesci and many other drivers will have to deal with now.

"I think it's too soon to tell if it's actually going to be worth it or not," Nesci said.

The project manager of Project Neon says so far they're on schedule and on budget.  Project Neon is scheduled for completion by the end of summer 2018.
   
 


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