Work Begins on Nevada DOT’s Largest-Ever Construction Job
The groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for “Project Neon”, which is the largest and most expensive public works project ever undertaken during the 152-year history of Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).
Kiewit Infrastructure West is the general contractor under a $559.4m design-build contract, which carries up to $20m in early completion incentives plus millions in potential late penalties. Atkins North America is the project’s lead designer.
NDOT along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and City of Las Vegas broke ground on the project, which represents a nearly $1bn total investment.
“This critical investment ensures that we meet the state’s growing infrastructure needs while generating thousands of well-paying local jobs that will stimulate Nevada’s economy,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Project Neon will greatly improve traffic congestion, motorist safety and commuter delays, thereby improving the quality of life for all Nevadans as well as improving visitor experiences in our state.”
Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. It is currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily - or one-tenth of the state population – and sees 25,000 lane changes per hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035.
“Construction will finish nearly a year earlier than anticipated for nearly $80 million in time savings for local taxpayers, thanks to the design-build approach,” said NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “The project’s accelerated schedule still maintains local street accessibility for residents and businesses during construction.”
The centerpiece of Project NEON is an 81-foot-tall, 2,606-foot-long high occupancy vehicle (HOV) flyover bridge. In addition, the project converts the two existing I-15 express lanes into a general purpose and HOV lane. There will also be a full diamond interchange at Charleston Boulevard for easier access to locations including downtown.
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This article was published on 8 Apr 2016 (last updated on 8 Apr 2016).