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November 23, 2014

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Transportation Board says funds limited for Project Neon

CARSON CITY — Las Vegas lawyers have been put on notice by the state Transportation Board that a massive I-15 improvement project could be hampered if they seek excessive prices in land condemnation cases.

“The state has a limited amount of money for acquisition,” board member Frank Martin of Las Vegas said.

An estimated $250 million has been set aside to acquire the property, and the Nevada Department of Transportation still needs about 100 parcels.

At a meeting on Monday, board member Tom Skancke of Las Vegas complained about billboards along I-15 by lawyers seeking to represent landowners whose property is needed for the project.

Project Neon is the largest roadway project in the state’s history. It’s focused on reducing congestion on a 3.7-mile stretch of I-15 near the Spaghetti Bowl, which sees more than 250,000 vehicles daily.

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