Project NEON is closing ramps in the Spaghetti Bowl through February 2017.
The Nevada Department of Transportation announced the planned work at the interstate exchange known as the Spaghetti Bowl starting late Wednesday night.
In the past, road work related to Project Neon has only closed roads or ramps overnight or on the weekends.
NDOT will close the Interstate 15 south and northbound ramps to U.S. Highway 95 northbound from 10 p.m., October 26 through late-February 2017.
The Interstate 15 north and southbound ramps to Martin Luther King Boulevard will also be closed during the same time frame. Also, the U.S. Highway 95 northbound ramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard will close, too, from 10 p.m., October 26 through late-February 2017.
However, downtown Las Vegas access will remain unimpeded with U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 15 staying open in both directions. The department is providing several detour routes while ramp closures are in place, including:
I-15 Southbound to U.S. 95 Northbound
· 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
· 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
· 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
· Detour traffic will exit Charleston Boulevard westbound and turn north to access Martin Luther King Boulevard.
I-15 Southbound to Martin Luther King Boulevard
· Detour traffic will exit at Lake Mead Boulevard westbound to access Martin Luther King Boulevard.
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,” in order to raise driver awareness about the severity and impact of the multi-month-long event.
Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate routes, if possible. Check the Project Neon website (NDOTProjectNeon.com) or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a hotline available in both English and Spanish at: 702-293-NEON (6366). The Project Neon public information office is located at 320 Wall Street, Las Vegas, 89102; office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
NDOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.