LAS VEGAS (AP) — Transportation officials are bracing for major traffic tie-ups when a widening project closes ramps around Nevada’s busiest freeway interchange in downtown Las Vegas.

Graphic courtesy Clark County

Graphic courtesy Clark County

Ramps connecting Interstate 15 to northbound U.S. Highway 95 will start closing Wednesday and be blocked for the next four months in what traffic planners have ominously dubbed “Car-nado.”

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It’s all part of a $1 billion project to smooth traffic flow through the city’s congested Spaghetti Bowl interchange, a chokepoint on Interstate 15 that links Los Angeles with Salt Lake City.

When complete Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl.

It’s the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada and sees 300,000 vehicles daily, about one-tenth of the state’s population.


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