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Major Spaghetti Bowl shutdown creates a traffic headache for commuters

The US-95 southbound to I-15 is closed until Sunday at 10 a.m. Use alternative routes in the meantime (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

Drivers are feeling the brunt of a massive traffic shutdown in the valley, as the southbound ramp from U.S. 95 to southbound I-15 remains closed to traffic for 36 hours.

The construction project marks the beginning of three years of on-and-off construction on the busiest freeway interchange in Nevada.

Edgar Vasquez adjusted his commute to work Saturday morning as he made his way to the Bellagio.

“I actually woke up earlier so I could make it to work on time,” said Vasquez.

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The construction is part of the billion-dollar “Project Neon” which aims to create wider, safer roads through the Spaghetti Bowl. It’s a project that will result in a series of on-and-off road closures and detours for the next three years.

“In an ideal world we would be able to do this work with no closures but this is the price of progress,” said Tony Illia of the Nevada Department of Transportation

This weekend, drivers will be forced to find alternate routes, including surface roads like Valley View, Rancho or Martin Luther King to connect to I-15 southbound at Charleston, for example. Another option is a detour that directs you to I-15 northbound to D Street which then flips you back southbound on I-15.

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It’s a traffic headache for many while some drivers continue to push for patience on the road.

“If you have to go through it ... take extra time so you don't get frustrated or anything like that,” said Vasquez.

Construction is on track for the ramp to reopen Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

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