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US 95 offramp near downtown Las Vegas to close Sunday

A busy off-ramp leading to downtown Las Vegas will close to traffic for 100 days beginning next week.

The U.S. Highway 95 southbound off-ramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard will shut to traffic Sunday at 10 p.m. and remain closed until late April, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

“The closure is needed for major ramp reconstruction, adding more lane capacity for reduced freeway backups,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesperson. “It will also create a smoother, more efficient flow of traffic for improved safety and easier downtown Las Vegas access.”

After the project’s completion, the off-ramp will feature three full right turn lanes and two full left turn lanes. As it stands, the off-ramp has one left turn lane and two right turn lanes.

Motorists will be detoured to exit U.S. 95 southbound at Rancho Road where they’ll turn left and then turn right on Bonanza Road. From there, they’ll take Bonanza for less than 2 miles, where they’ll reach Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The closure is part of Part of Project Neon, a nearly $1 billion, 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the Spaghetti Bowl Interchange to Sahara Avenue.

Freeway on-ramps from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Interstate 15 and U.S. 95 opened to traffic earlier this month, after portions were closed for up to 17 months.

The reconfiguration of the on-ramp area leads all traffic to enter the various freeways at the same entrance point.

Project Neon is 93 percent finished and slated for substantial completion in July.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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