The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and City of Las Vegas, recently celebrated the completion of the nearly $1 billion, 3-year Project Neon – the state of Nevada’s largest and most expensive public works job. Project Neon greatly improves motorist safety and travel-time reliability, thereby improving the quality of life while improving visitor experiences.
Project Neon enhanced nearly 4 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. It’s currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily, or one-tenth of the state population, seeing 25,000 lane changes per hour. The improvements are timely with traffic through the corridor expected to double during the next two decades. Project Neon reduces travel delays and creates greater mobility while improving motorist safety from reduced merge and weave traffic.
Project Neon entailed 63 lane miles of new concrete and asphalt paving, with 29 bridges and 10 miles of drainage improvements. In addition to a newly expanded 20-mile-plus High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) network, added north-south surface street connections reduce congestion and provide better access into downtown Las Vegas and Symphony Park as well as the Medical and Arts districts. In addition, 42 next-generation Active Traffic Management full-color LED freeway signs provide next-generation, real-time driver information about detours, crashes, speed limit changes, and lane restrictions, thereby improving safety and traffic flows by reducing differential travel speeds and secondary crashes for enhanced operational efficiency.