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Project Neon Celebrates Some Completion Milestones

Project 95 Percent Complete And Scheduled To Finish This Summer

May 03, 2019 - 2:25 pm
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LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Great news and some slightly bad news. The good news: After a number of years, Project Neon is almost complete, and state transportation officials are letting everyone know about some actual completion milestones. The bad news: There is still lots of work to be done.

3 p.m., Friday, May 3 

An upgraded and widened Charleston Boulevard between Shadow Lane and Commerce Street opens tomorrow by 3 p.m.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will open a new eastbound Charleston Boulevard slip-ramp onto the north and southbound Martin Luther King Boulevard at 6 a.m., May 6, in downtown Las Vegas. The new single-lane signalized ramp improves connectivity and access into downtown Las Vegas and Symphony Park as well as the Arts and Medical districts.
The improvement is part of Project Neon’s nearly $1 billion 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue, which broke ground in 2016. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer. Project Neon is 95 percent finished and scheduled for substantial completion this summer.

6 a.m., Monday, May

A new Eastbound Charleston Boulevard slip-ramp to north and southbound Martin Luther King Boulevard opens Monday morning

A new bridge extending Industrial Road from Wyoming Avenue north over the railroad tracks to the Western Avenue-Grand Central Parkway intersection opens Monday morning

A reconfigured and widened U.S. Highway 95 southbound off-ramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard, closed since February, also opens Monday morning.

Also, NDOT will open a new bridge extending Industrial Road from Wyoming Avenue north across the railroad tracks to Western Avenue-Grand Central Parkway intersection at 6 a.m., May 6, in downtown Las Vegas.

The new concrete girder structure, measuring 149-foot-long by 24-foot-high, carries traffic over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. It also provides a 10-foot sidewalk on each side of the bridge, connecting pedestrians between Charleston Boulevard and Wyoming Avenue. The single-span structure is another north-south connection that minimizes vehicle gridlock and improves mobility, creating additional access into downtown Las Vegas and Symphony Park as well as the Medical and Arts districts.

The improvement is part of Project Neon’s nearly $1 billion 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue, which broke ground in 2016. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer. Project Neon is 95 percent finished and scheduled for substantial completion this summer.

And, NDOT will also open a newly reconfigured southbound U.S. Highway 95 offramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard at 6 a.m., May 6, in downtown Las Vegas. The upgraded split ramp adds lane capacity, thereby reducing vehicle backups while improving motorist safety and mobility. (The offramp has been closed since February 3).

The enhancements are part of Project Neon’s nearly $1 billion 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue, which broke ground in 2016. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer. Project Neon is 95 percent finished and scheduled for substantial completion this summer.

Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. Check the Project Neon website (NDOTProjectNeon.com) or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a free smartphone app available, plus a hotline available in both English and Spanish at 702-293-NEON (6366). NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures, and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.