Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 9:28 a.m.
Work crews began a new phase of Project Neon that constricts a portion of U.S. 95 near the Spaghetti Bowl on Monday night.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) put “The Big Squeeze” on U.S. 95, which reduced travel to two lanes in each direction between Rancho Drive and the Spaghetti Bowl interchange in downtown Las Vegas.
“The multi-month improvements are being nicknamed “The Big Squeeze” due to the lane- narrowing pinch and merge movements,” NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said..
The 24/7 closures will last for about 300 days or about 10 months for improvements 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.
In this phase, an 81-foot-tall, 2,606-foot-long high occupancy vehicle flyover structure linking U.S. Highway 95 with Interstate 15 will be constructed.
The two-lane precast concrete bridge will be part of 22 continuous miles of carpool lanes between U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 15.
Work crews will also redo one-mile of U.S. 95 concrete pavement that was last improved 25 years ago.
Check the Project Neon website, or the Twitter page @NDOTProjectNeon for up-to-date information. A hotline is also available in both English and Spanish at 702-293-6366.
Other closures associated with the upgrades
March 23–June 21
U.S. Highway 95 Northbound / Rancho Drive Exit
The U.S. 95 northbound exit ramp to Rancho Drive will be closed for about 90 days, beginning March 23.
Martin Luther King Boulevard / U.S. Highway 95
Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed in both directions between Bonanza Road and U.S. 95 from 10 p.m. March 24 through 5 a.m. March 27 for bridge demolition.
The Martin Luther King Boulevard onramp to U.S. 95 northbound will be closed, as well as the Martin Luther King Boulevard off-ramp.