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Keys to survive Big Squeeze Project: Patience and alternate routes

Project Neon's Big Squeeze Project is set to begin at 9 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, in downtown Las Vegas. (KSNV)

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So you survived “Carnado” but just how ready are you for “The Big Squeeze?”

It’s the next phase of Project Neon – the billion-dollar road widening project that has drivers seeing orange on every turn of the Spaghetti Bowl in the heart of Las Vegas.

The Big Squeeze will take traffic on U.S. 95 and cut it down to two lanes in both directions – creating a bottleneck effect stretching from Rancho to Interstate 15.

The long-term lane closures get underway at 9 p.m. Monday and will last for approximately 10 months.

Experts urge drivers to plan for delays, use alternate routes and zipper with traffic – which basically means allow other drivers to merge.

“That’s usually when the traffic gets the worst, when people won’t learn to let people merge one at a time and they try to fight for a spot and end up wrecking,” said local driver Keelund Oldham.

However, Project Neon is the largest public works project in Nevada state history and it’s all aimed at improving safety.

“Traffic through this corridor is set to double within the next 20 years,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia.

The impending lane restrictions will make room for a new HOV flyover bridge.

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