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NHP: Stretch of I-15 Causes Biggest Road Problems

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motorcade in a fender-bender last October north of Sahara Avenue on I-15. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motorcade in a fender-bender last October north of Sahara Avenue on I-15.

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol troopers said they see between 30 and 50 wrecks on Interstate-15 between Spring Mountain Road and Charleston Boulevard every day.

Although the state is working to improve the highways, authorities said reducing the number of wrecks starts with drivers.

Don Adkins dash-cam video showed just one of the more than 30 crashes emergency workers respond to every day on I-15, between the Spring Mountain and Charleston exits.

"Up there at Sahara where I was, I only had a few feet," he said. "It wasn't an entire lane, but I did have enough room to get over those few feet to avoid that truck hitting me."

Each day, 30,000 to 40,000 cars make their way through the stretch of highway.

Daily commuters such as Linda Montero are quick to spot the biggest traffic issues.

"A lot of people tend to merge into the lane that I'm in and some of them don't put a blinker on," she said. "In a moment, someone can crash into you."

Driver Kyle Leatherberry added, "It's really hard to judge the distance there. I think people are just going so fast, it's hard to tell."

In October, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motorcade was in a fender-bender just north of Sahara Avenue on the I-15.

NHP trooper Loy Hixson said one of the worst trouble spots is the northbound on-ramp from Sahara Avenue onto the I-15.

"When these drivers do get on here, they are not increasing their speed to get up with the regular speed that is I-15, and from there they try to merge on too quickly," he said.

Nevada's Department of Transportation said the state is more than 18 months away from construction on Project Neon, a corridor program developed to re-design I-15 between the Spaghetti Bowl and Sahara.

NDOT officials said that adding another lane could be the answer, but that the merging and weaving that happens as motorists enter the Spring Mountain on-ramp and the Sahara off-ramp. 

But Hixson said those behind the wheel can stop most accidents.

"Slow down, be patient and courteous as you're driving through," he said.

Hixson said traffic is at its worst between 2 and 4 p.m., a time drivers need to be especially careful to prevent more crashes.

The most common wrecks are fender-benders, which don't usually cause major injuries, but clog up the roads and cause traffic back-ups, sometimes for miles.

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