Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 | 8:54 p.m.
Motorists on U.S. 95 in the eastern valley should see some traffic relief by this weekend where lanes have been closed at Flamingo Road.
Nevada Department of Transportation officials said the southbound lanes of U.S. 95 would reopen and be back to their original configuration by 5 a.m. Friday. Northbound lanes will remain restricted Friday, but should be open by 5 a.m. Saturday.
The freeway had been reduced to two lanes in each direction and some ramps had been closed at Flamingo Road since late September while crews worked on the freeway bridge.
The 30-year-old bridge didn’t meet earthquake standards, a structural review found, so the department decided to repairing and modernizing the structure.
The lanes were originally expected to reopen early next week.
Transportation officials said there will still be temporary lane closures through early December in the area as crews do final lane stripping and install barrier rails, but those closures will only be during the night.
Las Vegas Paving is the contractor on the $3.5 million project.