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U.S. 95's 'Big Squeeze' expected to cause significant traffic delays

Nevada Department of Transportation is advising drivers to take alternate routes to stay off the squeezed down U.S. 95. 3/15/17 (Sergio Avila | KSNV)

First there was Car-nado, now comes the Big Squeeze.

As the expansion of U.S. 95 and I-15 continues, it means another major closure drivers will have to deal with for the next ten months.

The closures will begin starting Monday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m.

U.S. 95 northbound traffic will be diverted to the southbound lanes and restrict traffic in both directions to two lanes.

U.S. 95 northbound traffic will be diverted to the southbound lanes and restrict traffic in both directions to two lanes.

That will allow for a critical expansion of the highway.

"We're splitting northbound and southbound lanes by 70 feet to make room for the new HOV flyover bridge, also repaving a mile of U.S. 95 that has not been improved since 1992," Dale Keller, Project Manager of Project Neon, said.

Keller said the big squeeze will have a bigger impact on your commute than Car-nado.

"We are impacting more people with this closure. So that magnitude we do feel will increase and affect more people," Keller said.

NDOT is recommending drivers take alternate routes through side streets like Valley View and Eastern.

You could also bypass the freeway all together and get on roads like Sahara and Charleston.

They'd also like drivers to implement the zipper merge.

"When you get to the merge point we ask you to take turns in order for you to move faster through the work zone," Keller said.

NDOT will be putting new signage on the freeway to walk drivers through the merge that Keller said eases congestion.

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