LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Transportation gave 8 News NOW a close up look at the Spaghetti Bowl’s brand new HOV Flyover Bridge Thursday. It was just another example that Project Neon is nearing its last months of construction.
The HOV Flyover is the bridge that expands the network of HOV only lanes, linking over 20-miles of carpool lanes between U.S. 95 and I-15. The structure is about half a mile long and as tall as an 8-story building.
Drivers will be able to test it out starting Monday morning at 6 o’clock. Monday is also when the new high occupancy vehicle lanes open through the I-15 resort corridor.
There is no charge to use them, but there are some restrictions:
- Two or more people must be in a car unless it’s a motorcycle.
- Trucks with more than 2-axles are not allowed.
- Those caught breaking carpool rules could face a steep $250 fine.
“What it’s allowing; what we previously lacked is a seamless transition to make a freeway to freeway connection while still staying in your carpool lane,” said Tony Illia, Spokesperson, NDOT. “Lanes would end; you would have to jump into general lane traffic and then jump in once you made the connection through the interchange.”
After almost 3-years of ongoing closures and lane changes, the billion dollar Project Neon is now 96 percent complete.
However, there is still some minor work that still has to be done. For example, they still have to activate all 42 active traffic managment digital signs. The signals require permanent power from NV Energy and integration into the fast traffic center.
The I-15 and surface streets also need some paving, and overlay work.
Project Neon is still on track to be finished and out of your way by the middle of July.