What is Project Neon?

Project NEON is the state of Nevada’s largest and most expensive public works project ever. The project limits are I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl, MLK Boulevard to the west, and Industrial Road to the east.

Major components include:

  • HOV direct connect between U.S. 95 (west of Spaghetti Bowl) and I-15 (south of Spaghetti Bowl)
  • Conversion of express lanes on I-15 to one HOV lane and one general purpose lane
  • Neon Gateway interchange for HOV and rapid transit use
  • Ramp braiding to reduce merge and weave traffic on I-15
  • Reconstruction of I-15/Charleston Boulevard interchange
  • MLK Boulevard realignment with flyover at Charleston Boulevard
  • Grand Central Parkway extension to Western Avenue and Industrial Road
  • Aesthetic and landscape improvements

Why do we need Project Neon?

The 3.7-mile stretch of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl is the busiest stretch of roadway in Nevada. It sees 300,000 vehicles per day and 25,000 lane changes per hour, resulting in 3 crashes per day. Traffic in the project area is expected to double by 2035.

What are the benefits of Project Neon?

  • Create jobs
  • Improve safety
  • Reduce congestion
  • Reduce travel delays
  • Improve air quality
  • Improve freeway operations
  • Reduce weaving
  • New surface street connections
  • Better access to downtown Las Vegas

When will construction start?

Construction will start in mid-2016.

When will US 95 be impacted?

US 95 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction (between Rancho and the Spaghetti Bowl) from approximately March 2017 to January 2018.

When will I-15 be impacted?

I-15 will be reduced to three lanes in each direction (between Sahara Avenue to north of the Spaghetti Bowl) from March 2018 to November 2018.

When will the project be completed?

Substantial completion is expected in Summer 2019.

What's the cost of Project Neon?

Project Neon represents an almost $1 billion investment.
Project Neon Cost Breakdown
Preliminary Engineering$25 million
Right-of-Way$250 million
Construction$559 million
Construction Administration$60 million
Total Expense$900 million

Where is the funding coming from?

Project NEON is being primarily funded through state revenue bonds. The Nevada State Transportation Board approved Project NEON construction bonds in November 2015. Bonding is a cost-effective tool for advancing projects without disrupting funding for other critical work. Federal funds will help retire the bond debt. Also, the city of Las Vegas is contributing about $75 million in locally obligated federal highway funds towards the project.

Who is the contractor/designer?

The contractor is Kiewit Infrastructure West. The lead designer is Atkins.

How can I stay informed of what's going on with the project?

Follow us on social media:

Check our website for regular updates: www.ndotprojectneon.com

Send your email address to projectteam@ndotprojectneon.com 

How will Project Neon keep me informed regarding traffic patterns?

Details on lane closures and recommended detour routes will be provided via email blasts, social media, and our project website. In late 2016, we will roll out a Project Neon app, which will allow you to receive push notifications regarding construction activities, lane closures, and detour routes.

Where is Project Neon's office located?

Our project office and public information office are located at 320 Wall Street, behind Holsum Lofts (Lola’s). Our public information office is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm, and Saturdays by appointment.

Can you pay to access the HOV lanes?

No, current NV legislation does not permit this action.

Who Can Ride in the HOV Lane?

Component Operational Plan
Minimum occupancy HOV 2+
Hours of operation 24-hours, 7 days of the week
Trucks Vehicles with more than two axles (or vehicle-trailer combinantions) are not eligible
Motorcycles Eligible
Emergency vehicles Those responding to an emergency are eligible
Public transit buses Eligible (including dead-heading buses)
Single-occupant low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles To be studied
Access type Limited access

How will my commute improve once Project Neon is completed?

For NB I-15 (from approximately the WB Spring Mountain on-ramp to the Spaghetti Bowl):

  • Future traffic without Project Neon improvements:
    • Average speeds on NB I-15: 28 miles/hour
  • Future traffic with Project Neon improvements:
    • Average speeds on NB I-15: 60 miles/hour

From US 95 SB at Rancho to I-15 SB at Sahara:

  • Today, during the AM and PM peak hours, the average speed is 18 miles per hour.
  • With Project Neon improvements, the average speed will increase to 56 miles per hour.