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October 17, 2019

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Project Neon freeway project reaches major milestone



The Nevada Department of Transportation is installing Active Traffic Management signs as part of Project Neon, as shown in this rendering.

The third and final major phase of Project Neon, dubbed the Main Event, reached the halfway point in its construction this week.

Overall, the nearly $1 billion, 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue that broke ground in 2016 is now 73 percent complete, the Nevada Department of Transportation reported Friday.

Work on the project is expected to wrap up next summer.

“Reaching the halfway point on the most impactful phase of Project Neon is a major milestone,” said Dale Keller, NDOT project manager. “We wouldn’t be where we are without the efforts of our contractor and the support of the community.”

The first half of the Main Event saw nine bridges demolished, while construction started on 12 bridges. The new Martin Luther King Boulevard/Pinto Lane on-ramp to southbound I-15 opened, as did the new southbound I-15 off-ramp to Charleston Boulevard.

Motorists next week can expect to see the following impacts on I-15:

• The northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 11 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, and again from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

• Lanes between Alta Drive and D Street will be shifted to the west, onto the new southbound lanes, for the next half of The Main Event construction.

• The D Street on-ramp to southbound I-15 will open by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

• The northbound off-ramp to D Street will close at 11 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed through mid-November.