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September 1, 2014

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Summerlin HOV construction to cause lane, ramp closures

The Nevada Department of Transportation is notifying drivers of lane and ramp closures occurring this week while construction crews build the Summerlin High Occupancy Vehicle flyover connector near U.S. 95 and Summerlin Parkway.

Transportation crews are working on the final leg of the $26 million project this week, causing various lane restrictions and ramp closures on U.S. 95 between Jones and Washington and on Summerlin Parkway and Buffalo and Rainbow Boulevard.

Overnight Monday and Tuesday, patchwork and painting will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., causing the following lane and ramp restrictions:

• Eastbound Summerlin Parkway to northbound U.S. 95 exit will be closed

• Northbound and southbound Rainbow Boulevard will be restricted to one lane in the project area

• Northbound U.S. 95 to westbound Summerlin Parkway exit will be restricted to one lane

• Southbound U.S. 95 exit to Rainbow Boulevard will be closed.

Overnight Wednesday, crews will be working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., causing the following lane and ramp restrictions:

• Eastbound Summerlin Parkway to northbound U.S. 95 exit will be closed

• Northbound and southbound Rainbow Boulevard will be restricted to one lane in the project area

• Northbound U.S. 95 to westbound Summerlin Parkway will be restricted to one lane.

Work on the Summerlin HOV flyover connector began in May 2011 to connect an HOV-only roadway and bridge to Summerlin Parkway and U.S. 95.

The new bridge would allow commuters driving on U.S. 95 West on the HOV lanes to safely connect to Summerlin Parkway. Previously, cars in the HOV lane had to weave across four lanes of traffic on U.S. 95 to connect to Summerlin Parkway, which was a safety risk, officials said.

The bridge is approximately 55 feet tall at its highest point and will be 730 feet long. The project is intended to improve safety, decrease traffic congestion and reduce crashes, officials said.

The project is funded by the Transportation Department, the Federal Highway Administration and Clark County. It is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

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  1. While I don't expect too many carpoolers to use the HOV lane, I'm sure there will be use from the solo drivers who are in a hurry.