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Commuters dealing with 10-day lane closure in heart of Spaghetti Bowl

The Nevada Department of Transportation has closed the inside left lane along southbound Interstate 15 between Washington Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl interchange. (Denise Rosch/KSNV)

The Nevada Department of Transportation has closed the inside left lane along southbound Interstate 15 between Washington Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl interchange.

The closure, which began Monday night, will last to 6 a.m. Oct. 26.

The temporary closure is required for the installation of Active Traffic Management signs as 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 that broke ground last year.

Manny Lopez, general manager of Las Vegas Truck Salvage near Losee and Lake Mead, says he doesn't need a crystal ball to know when business is about to pick up.

“You can see accidents every day,” he said. “Here, you can see them off the freeway as you can see in the background.”

He says he simply keeps an eye on I-15, and wrecked cars tend to find their way here.

“Traffic in general is out of control right now as far as the lane closures,” he said.

NDOT’s Tony Illia says this latest lane reduction is necessary.

“Our forecast shows that stretch of freeway, the busiest in the state, we see one-tenth of the state's population pass through there a day,” he said. “It's going to double in the next 20 years, so these improvements are really needed now.”

In addition to being more aware while driving, Illia suggests downloading free traffic phone apps, including one specifically for Project Neon to help skirt tough spots.

“And that will give you real-time push notifications and interactive maps where all the restrictions are happening so you can plan your commute,” Illia said.

There is some good news on the U.S. 95 traffic front — that zipper merge near Rancho should be ending in January.

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