Major Spaghetti Bowl closure begins tonight
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Get ready for another significant road closure tonight impacting Interstate 15 and the U.S. 95.
The interchange between northbound I-15 and northbound 95 will be closed from ten o'clock tonight through six in the morning Thursday.
Nevada Department of Transportation officials are asking for your patience during Project Neon, the major widening project for the Spaghetti Bowl and I-15.
"Now we're starting to dig into some of the meat and potatoes work that will continue through the Summer of 2019," said Tony Illia, with NDOT.
Vinny Mancini was driving near the major construction zone and told News 3 he's waiting for the day this massive project is over.
"Hopefully it comes to some good ending result. But it's definitely a pain dealing with it," said Mancini.
The closure will allow crews to remove an electronic sign and prepare the ground here for other projects.
NDOT leaders tell us that the removal of old digital billboards will help them put up new technology in place. The new video billboard technology will minimize commuter delays, let drivers know when there are road restrictions, and lane closures.
It may be a major closure, but Illia is hopeful the timing is best to minimize the impact on our 24-hour valley.
"We tried to pick an off night like this, a Wednesday night at nighttime to try and mitigate that impact as much as possible," said Illia.
NDOT's detour will take you southbound on the 95 to exit on Las Vegas Boulevard and back to the 95 North.
"I was born and raised in Las Vegas, you get used to construction if you live here," said Eric James, a driver in Las Vegas.
James isn't looking forward to the construction to come but says it's something he's accustomed to as a Las Vegas resident.
"If they're going to build and improve on it then I'm all for it," said James. "Something you have to deal with for the long-term benefit of the community."
This will be the smaller of two closures on this same ramp.
Illia tells News 3 the same ramp being closed Thursday is going to close again toward the end of the month for 120 days.