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‘Spaghetti Bowl’ ramp to reopen May 9; work continues on Red Rock Scenic Drive

The Nevada Department of Transportation will reopen the southbound Interstate 15 to U.S. Highway 95 northbound ramp in downtown Las Vegas at 6 a.m. May 9. (NDOT)

The Nevada Department of Transportation will reopen the southbound Interstate 15 to U.S. Highway 95 northbound ramp in downtown Las Vegas at 6 a.m. May 9, according to an NDOT news release.

The 18-year-old 1,150-foot-long “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange ramp had been closed since Oct. 26 for construction related to Project Neon — a nearly $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue.

Toward the southwest valley, construction crews are more than halfway done repaving the 13-Mile Scenic Drive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Mile 8 will begin pulverization today and is expected to be done paving by Friday.

Pine Creek parking lot, which will be expanded from 22 to 79 parking spots, will temporarily close for construction starting this week.

This parking lot leads to many rock climbing routes as well as hiking trails such as the Pine Creek Loop and Fire Ecology Trail. This parking lot is expected to reopen by the end of August. Visitors are encouraged to use the Oak Creek parking lot.

Sandstone Quarry parking lot, which will be expanded from 72 to 96 parking spots and add a new loop for bus access and a new pedestrian path connecting the parking area to the trailhead, will temporarily close for construction starting this week.

This parking lot leads to several hiking trails including Turtlehead Peak and Calico Tanks. This parking lot is expected to reopen by the end of August. Visitors are encouraged to use the Calico I and Calico II parking lots.

Calico I parking lot, which has been expanded from 42 spots to 167 spots, is expected to reopen Friday. This parking lot leads to many rock climbing routes and Calico Hills 1 hiking trail.

Crews began the pulverization and paving on Feb. 26. The construction, which is scheduled to proceed into summer, will rehabilitate pavement on the entire scenic drive.

The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration is performed by Las Vegas Paving.

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