LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Construction has begun to reconnect an historic west Las Vegas community to downtown Las Vegas.
The F Street Connection Project that just got underway could significantly impact your commute. Some lane closures are already in place but there are more significant ones coming overnight.
The south I-15 has already been reduced to two lanes right around the area and if that is part of your morning commute, you're going to want start changing plans.
With a wave of the checkered flag Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman started the second phase of construction on the F Street connection.
Collaboration between the city of Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Transportation, the F Street Connection Project will reopen F Street in its former location under Interstate 15 and reestablish direct access between downtown Las Vegas and the West Las Vegas community.
In addition to accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic, the new underpass will include a resurfacing of F Street, new sidewalks, curbs and gutter installations, decorative lighting and attractive landscaping north to Washington Avenue, along with a series of community-approved corridor panels celebrating the rich history of the area known as historic West Las Vegas.
The project is scheduled for completion in late 2014.
Pastor S.S. Rogers says it's a milestone for the historic west Las Vegas community.
“It's one of the avenues that I used to travel all the time when it was open. From my church and other areas,” Rogers said.
Having grown up in the area Rogers says this new access will create an even richer history for those living here.
“It was a blessing in disguise really. Because now we have F Street going through Bonanza to Park Way, that's going to be beautiful pictures, history on both sides,” Rogers said.
But this work doesn't come without a cost.
The nearly $14 million project will mean some lane and road closure around Washington and D Street.
“If you're a driver and you need to get through here, think ahead,” Mayor Goodman said.
Once all the road and lane closure are in place you're going to need some alternate routes to get around.
The D Street exit off the I-15 is going to be closed so if you need to get around you'll have to take the 95 to Las Vegas Boulevard on the east and if you want to get to the west side your best bet is to take the I-95 to Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Just know if you're planning to head through the cone zone past Lake Mead, traffic is going to be heavy.
These closures will remain in effect through the end of the year.
Mayor Goodman said it will take just a few months to complete and open the road but construction will last through 2014.