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Project Neon Promises to Improve Traffic on I-15

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LAS VEGAS -- The traffic mess in the center of the Las Vegas valley is going to get worse before it gets better, but when it does get better, it is supposed to get a lot better.

The Nevada Department of Transportation has the plans and the money for a road project known as Project Neon, which is expected to cost more than a billion dollars, the largest budget for a road project in state history.

Every day there are multiple crashes and long commuting times along I-15, which is a pain for drivers.

The section that is the worst is northbound between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard.

Beginning next year, the I-15 overhaul that is Project Neon should get underway. When it is all over, commute times should be cut down by five to ten minutes depending where you live.

"its a major project, there will be some interruptions to traffic, although we're tying to minimize those by the staging area so that over this time while we're putting people back to work that we're minimizing impact to the driver going through." Tracy Larkin Thompson with NDOT said.

Project Neon is a massive undertaking it includes: completing carpool lanes, realigning the Charleston interchange and also widening lanes from Sahara Avenue north to the Spaghetti Bowl.

Not to mention, small improvements on roads around I-15 in an effort to clear up congestion.

"You're going a little faster. You're getting there quicker and you have less chance of a crash," Larkin Thompson said.

The project also promises fewer crashes because there will be easier ways to access the freeway from the surface streets and vice versa.

Construction should last three years until 2018, which is quick in relation to the size of project; however, paying for the project will take decades

Private investors purchased long-term bonds that will help get Project Neon started soon and paid off sometime down the road.

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