Kick out the (traffic) jams! Spotting new bottlenecks

A view of traffic cones on Main Street north of Charleston Boulevard Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Photo: Steve Marcus

By now you’ve probably noticed two pain points on Valley roads: Charleston Boulevard, between Main Street and I-15, and the 215 Beltway, near the McCarran Airport off-ramp. On March 21 they’ll be joined by a third, when Spaghetti Bowl work reduces U.S. 95 to two lanes in each direction for a scheduled 300 days. (For suggestions on how to avoid what the Department of Transportation is calling “the Big Squeeze,” visit

The good news: The other two bottlenecks will probably be gone sooner. The Beltway work (bridge widening and a flyover) should be completed this fall, and Charleston traffic should ease up once sidewalk replacement work on the Commerce/Main Street project is complete, about two months from now. As for the Project Neon work between the Charleston Underpass and I-15 … we’ll get back you on that.

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