Project Neon: More closures to increase traffic woes for drivers

LAS VEGAS - Cone zones, lane closures, and HOV restrictions: A traffic headache continues as construction for Project Neon increases around the Spaghetti Bowl.

"It's crazy. It's non-stop," said Dona Moltrum, motorist!  "Stop -- go -- stop -- go!  Swerve, don't swerve.  Where are the signs? Where's everything going?"

Road work crews broke ground on Project Neon in April 2015, and so far, the project's only about 22 percent complete, but on Wednesday, several new projects popped up around the I-15, and U.S. 95 interchanges.

There are also nightly lane restrictions taking place along east and westbound Charleston between MLK and Shadow Lane until March 17.  There's even a barrier blockade over the carpool lane along northbound 95.

Nevada Department of Transportation hopes that 52 of their new dynamic message signs, which provide real-time alerts about detours and accidents will do the trick to help ease congestion.

"Each individual lane will have little markers," Marie Altman with NDOT said.

The first initial three signs popping up along northbound 95 will be operational by late September.

In fact, several of the projects starting this week are specifically for the installation of the new signs designed as a notification system to manage construction.  

For instance, there's a closure in both directions of I-15 between the Spaghetti Bowl and Owens Avenue from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.  That closure is in effect through April 7.

There's also an intermittent closure on the Casino Center Boulevard onramp to northbound U.S. 95.  This closure is from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. every night through March 6.

But the MLK onramp to northbound U.S. 95 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. only runs through Friday.

In late Feb. NDOT will unveil a new phone app specifically for project neon.

To keep up with all of the latest traffic issues on the road, drivers can also download the Traffic.Vegas app for free from Apple iTunes and Google Play.


   


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