Freeway Ramp Closure May Make Commute Worse

RENO, Nev. - Southbound drivers may have a difficult time getting to work after NDOT closes another freeway ramp Wednesday.

NDOT announced it will close Moana's southbound off ramp to begin work on a new Diverging Diamond Interchange.

The two and a half month interchange project is designed to improve the flow of traffic. Drivers will be guided with the use of cement barriers as well and lines on the ground.

Once completed, it will be the first of it's kind in Nevada. Other states, like Utah, have already implemented these new interchanges, and have seen good results.

"They've seen a reduction in accidents," Kathleen Taylor, Project Information Manager for Atkins Global said. "And the way drivers move through it, it's easy for them, it's effective, it's efficient."

The project will also feature 'green' bike lanes. Crews will paint green lines on the ground, bikes a clear, color coated section to stay in. The hope is these lines will help drivers stay more aware of bicycles.

This closure is the first phase of the project and is scheduled to last five weeks. After that, the remaining three ramps will be closed for another months.

Motorists are encouraged to use Plumb Lane or Virginia Street/Kietzke Lane exits.

Other freeway ramp closures include Neil's northbound on ramp and southbound off ramp.

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