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November 18, 2017

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Key Spaghetti Bowl ramp reopens Tuesday

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L.E. Baskow

Traffic flows smoothly on the first morning of “Big Squeeze” lane closures 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 on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

With Project Neon about 33 percent complete, the next milestone in the multiyear project is set to occur Tuesday morning.

Closed since late October, the southbound Interstate 15 to northbound U.S. 95 ramp will reopen at 6 a.m. The 30-foot-tall, two-lane ramp sees about 13,000 vehicles a day.

The latest major closure associated with Project Neon — a $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue — is the narrowing of U.S. 95 between Rancho Drive and the Spaghetti Bowl. In conjunction with the closure, the Nevada Department of Transportation has encouraged the use of zipper merging.

Zipper merging is a tactic that involves using the entire lane that is being merged, to reduce the backup associated with squeezing traffic into reduced lanes.

“The zipper merge is working well thus far, with many drivers taking turns passing into the through lane,” NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said. “Obviously, it will take time to gain widespread acceptance.”

It is too early, however, to have statistics on crash data in the zipper merge area, Illia said.

For more information on the project check the Project Neon website or its Twitter pages @NDOTProjectNeon for up-to-date information. There is also a free smartphone and tablet app available, plus a hotline in both English and Spanish at 702-293-6366.

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