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Project Neon enters home stretch, 90 percent complete

LAS VEGAS - There are more closures tied to Project Neon as the massive road project nears the home stretch.

Wednesday night at 10 NDOT will be closing I-15 southbound between Sahara Avenue and Spring Mountain Road. That portion of the interstate will reopen Thursday at 4 a.m.

It's the latest in a long line of closures tied to the project which first got underway in spring of 2016.

The first major closure dubbed "Carnado" rolled out in Oct. of 2016 -- shutting down several Spaghetti Bowl exits -- and lasted all the way through Feb. of 2017.

Then in March came the "Big Squeeze" which brought busy stretches of highways down to one lane and lasted through the end of 2017.

Then at the beginning of last year came "The Main Event" which is the final phase of the project and brought even more lane restrictions.

Now, as 2019 begins the project is at least 90 percent complete. You can get the latest on the project by clicking here.

Drivers may have already noticed some of the improvements plus a better commute time. However, there is more work to come in the next few months and construction crews are working full-speed to get Project Neon finished by July.

Driving through the Spaghetti Bowl will soon be a lot easier.

"All the time it's crowded, yes. Very crowded, yeah," said driver Mariza Ibarra.

The busiest freeway in the state is getting a major facelift, including more lanes on Interstate 15, between the Spaghetti Bowl and Sahara Avenue.

""Things are on schedule and so we are in the home stretch," said Tony Illia, NDOT>

Out of 29 new bridges, two still have to go up. But all the support beams known as girders are in place.

"One is the giant HOV flyover that will set down in the middle of I-15. Those lanes will touch down and we're also building a bridge that will go over the UP (Union Pacific) railroad tracks," Illia said.

Also, on the list: Widening on Charleston as it comes up I-15, reconfiguring Western Avenue, placing blacktop sealer on the interstate and other ramp work.

 "In addition, there's landscaping and ascetics," Illia said.

Project Neon comes with a price tag of almost $1 billion, primarily funded through state revenue bonds.

"We're excited to be reaching the end zone with this project," Illia said. "It's been a long time in the planning process nearly 20 years. This is really epic for the department and for the state of Nevada."

By NDOT estimations, the road improvements will reduce driving time through the Spaghetti Bowl by up to 30 percent.

"I think it's really good for me, it's going to help a lot because Vegas is growing," Ibarra said. 


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