The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will permanently close Wall Street in downtown Las Vegas at 6 a.m., September 5, to make way for the future “Neon Gateway” High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) interchange.
The improvements are part of Project Neon – a nearly $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue that broke ground last year. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer.
A new four-lane Western Avenue roadway extension connecting Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway opened November 11, 2016, forgoing the need of Wall Street. (Western Avenue had previously terminated at Holsum Design Center, just south of Charleston Boulevard). The new link improves mobility by creating another north-south connection into downtown Las Vegas.
Check the Project Neon website (NDOTProjectNeon.com) or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a free smart phone and tablet app available, plus a hotline available in both English and Spanish at: 702-293-NEON (6366). NDOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures, and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.
About Project Neon
Nearly two decades in the making, Project Neon is the largest public works project in Nevada history. Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. It’s currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily or one-tenth of the state population, seeing 25,000 lane changes an hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035.
- HOV direct connect between U.S. 95 and I-15
- Conversion of express lanes on I-15 to HOV
- New I-15 HOV interchange: “Neon Gateway”
- Reconstruction of Charleston interchange
- MLK realignment with flyover at Charleston
- Grand Central Parkway extension to Industrial
- Improve safety
- Reduce congestion
- Reduce travel delays
- Create jobs
- Improve air quality
- Improve freeway operations
- New surface street connections
- Better access to downtown Las Vegas