LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The massive construction project known as Project Neon takes another step toward completion this morning with the opening of new I-15 high-occupancy vehicle lanes and the Spaghetti Bowl HOV flyover ramp.
The HOV lanes on I-15 in the resort corridor replace the express lanes that used to help drivers bypass exits from Russell to Sahara. The Nevada Department of Transportation says HOV lanes are more efficient than general purpose lanes because they carry more people in fewer cars.
In addition to the new carpool lanes on I-15, HOV lanes on other freeways switch to 24-hour-a-day enforcement. Before today, HOV lanes on U.S. 95 were regulated between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Those times when solo drivers could use the HOV lanes are now gone.
Drivers will need to enter or exit the HOV lane at one of the broken line enter/exit points. Cars must have at least two people (no, pets don’t count). Trucks with more than two axles are not allowed in the carpool lane, regardless of how many people are on board.
Breaking the new HOV regulations could earn drivers a $250 fine. NHP and Metro Police promise a 30-day grace period in which drivers will receive warnings for breaking the HOV rules.