September. 27, 2011
The Nevada Department of Transportation is accelerating its $6 million resurfacing project on Interstate 15 from Tropicana Avenue to the Spaghetti Bowl. After evaluating public comment and examining traffic impacts from the three-week-old project, the department determined that it could safely accelerate the work schedule without sacrificing quality. The goal is finish the project ahead of the original Oct. 20 timeline.
In order to expedite the project, the department will conduct 24-hour, marathon paving operations on the middle lanes Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. The contractor, Fisher Sand & Gravel, will pave the southbound lane beginning Saturday morning, followed by paving the northbound lane beginning Sunday morning. Additional lane restrictions are likely. Delays are expected throughout the corridor. Some arterial streets near I-15 may also experience congestion.
“We listened to the public’s concerns and evaluated the first few weeks of the project, looking at traffic volumes and traffic patterns throughout the corridor,” Mary Martini, District Engineer for NDOT’s District 1, said in a press statement. “We’re timing this (new schedule) to have the least amount of impact on businesses and commuters. If we can finish sooner, we can give the freeway back sooner, which will ultimately benefit the public.”
Lane closures and travel time information are posted on dynamic message signs, where available. In addition, ramp meters may operate differently or not at all during construction. Motorists should allow extra time when traveling on or near I-15. The interstate is being resurfaced with crumb rubber (recycled tires); the material provides for a smoother, quieter commute and better pavement drainage and lasts longer than traditional asphalt.