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Drivers to deal with overnight closure on southbound U.S. 95 between Decatur and Rancho

A difficult night is ahead for a portion of highway drivers as southbound U.S. 95 between Decatur and Rancho will be shut down for about five hours. (KSNV)

A difficult night is ahead for a portion of highway drivers as southbound U.S. 95 between Decatur and Rancho will be shut down for about five hours.

The closure – from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday – had been scheduled for last week but was delayed because of weather conditions. The closures also will include the southbound on-ramps at Decatur and Valley View.

It's hard to find a kind word when asking motorists about U.S. 95 with shifting lanes and construction barrels part of the norm.

“It's horrible. It is very horrible,” said motorist Lennal Goodson. “I stopped taking the freeway, actually.”

The Nevada Department of Transportation will install a new active traffic management sign, warning motorists of accidents or delays up ahead.

“It can actually tell you which lane to get into,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “Which lanes are free and clear so we're excited about this. It's new technology, and there's not many states that have it.”

Illia says installation of the reader boards is part of Project Neon, the nearly $1 billion widening project that's improving the flow of traffic through the Spaghetti Bowl and south on interstate 15, the largest infrastructure project in Nevada history.

“When we do finish in summer 2019, we anticipate these improvements will cut down everyone's commute time by almost 30 percent,” Illia said.

The closures will repeat overnight Thursday.

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