Project Neon is one of the most important and most ambitious undertakings in the Nevada Department of Transportation’s nearly 100-year history. The multi-phase, multi-year project will boost safety, mobility and accessibility in the most heavily trafficked corridor in the state of Nevada. Nearly 250,000 vehicles a day use the 3.7-mile stretch from the U.S. 95-I-15 interchange in downtown Las Vegas to Sahara Avenue.
Expected to cost between $1.3 billion and $1.8 billion and take 20 years to complete all five phases, Neon will enhance the local transportation network by separating freeway motorists from local traffic, making freeway entrances and exits more accessible, increasing I-15 capacity, reducing congestion (which lengthens travel times and leads to accidents), improving access to downtown Las Vegas and expanding options for express lane travel, carpoolers and rapid transit.
Neon is essential to the progression of Las Vegas transportation and quality of life. As a 20-year program of improvements, Project Neon is expected to create hundreds of planning and engineering jobs and thousands of construction jobs over its lifetime. Plans for Phases 1 and 3 are underway. The phases will reduce freeway congestion, improve local street networks, create an improved HOV system and feature a reconstruction of the Charleston interchange, among other highlights. –NVDOT on YouTube.