After a repaving project caused motorists to suffer a month of bumper-to-bumper commutes, all lanes on Interstate 15 were expected to be open early today .
“We’re happy with the results,” said Michelle Booth, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation. “It looks really good, it rides smooth.”
Though motorists were mostly thankful that the road was being repaved between Tropicana Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl, she said others slowed down to yell profanity at crews this weekend as they worked around the clock to get the project done 10 days early.
“We didn’t appreciate that,” Booth said.
All northbound lanes opened Saturday night, while southbound lanes were choked to one lane much of Sunday until a second southbound lane gradually opened up starting at 8 p.m.
Pole dividers for the express lanes and striping still need to be added, but that won’t happen until later this month and is not expected to cause much delay, she said. That job is expected to take three nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. only.
“Those are jobs that are very common,” Booth said. “We don’t need to close a bunch of lanes for that.”
The $6 million repaving project on Nevada’s busiest roadway started Sept. 11 and was expected to be finished Oct. 20. The stretch of I-15 hadn’t been repaved in 15 years and badly needed the job, Booth said.
“I know it was a burden on the drivers,” she said. “We’re so glad they cooperated with us, so that we were able to get this job done. People have been really receptive once they drove on it.”
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