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Project Neon's 'Car-nado' begins Wednesday night

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A computer animation details Project Neon plans. (Source: FOX5) A computer animation details Project Neon plans. (Source: FOX5)
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Beginning Wednesday night, some major detours will be impacting Valley drivers. Project Neon’s so-called "Car-nado" will begin at 10 p.m. 

Here are the closures:

If you’re driving from southbound I-15 to northbound U.S. 95, you’ll be detoured from Lake Mead Boulevard south to Martin Luther King Boulevard and back to the 95.

Those traveling from northbound I-15 to northbound 95 will be detoured to the Martin Luther King exit ramp. You’ll then re-enter northbound 95 and move along a temporary lane.  

Those headed from northbound 95 to Martin Luther King need to leave themselves plenty of time. Drivers will be routed to Rancho Drive, make a U-turn, re-enter the 95 in the opposite direction and eventually make their way back to Martin Luther King.

Those headed from southbound I-15 to Martin Luther King will exit at Lake Mead Boulevard and head west.

The good news is most of the construction will take place at night and on weekends.

This is all a part of the billion-dollar widening of the Spaghetti Bowl, which started in April. The Nevada Department of Transportation said 350 people will be working to complete the project and they’ll be using heavy machinery, including a 50-ton crane.

“We want to get the message through [to Valley drivers] there will still be access to downtown. It’s just a couple ramps,” Tony Illia of NDOT said. “So drivers, please budget extra time.”

While the closures may be a headache now for drivers, NDOT said that when finished the project will reduce your commute by 30 percent.

This is one of the three major closures for Project Neon. Car-nado will impact drivers for 120 days but is projected to finished by next February. Next year, Project Neon will cause detours for portions of the 95, and in 2018 the I-15 will see major construction. Project Neon is scheduled to finish in 2019. 

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