The first step of Project Neon, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s $1.5 billion plan to renovate the Las Vegas Interstate 15 and U.S. Highway 95 interchange — also known as the Spaghetti Bowl — will begin next month with the erection of stadium-sized driver informational video boards in advance of construction, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
NDOT said the signs, which will be affixed to a dozen gantries located in spots both toward and away from the interchange, will reduce traffic jams around roadwork by giving drivers real-time closure, blockage and other relevant lane status information.
The 3.7-mile overhaul of the freeway interchange marks the biggest transportation project in Nevada's history.
Arizona-based construction giant Kiewit Infrastructure won the contract for Project Neon last November. The bulk of construction is expected to last between four and five years, while final details could take up to 20 years to complete, according to the Review-Journal.
NDOT’s focus on educating the public is a key part of its plan to keep traffic moving smoothly before, during and after construction begins. Construction on Project Neon, which officially begins on April 7, is expected to create approximately 4,000 jobs in Nevada.
Across the country near Orlando, FL, Skanska-led I-4 Mobility Partners is part of an even larger highway endeavor — the $2.3 billion overhaul of a 21-mile section of Interstate 4, the state’s busiest east-west corridor. I-4 Mobility Partners is working on the project, also called the "I-4 Ultimate," as part of a public-private partnership. The project was recently recognized as the Best Transport Project at the 2015 P3 Awards for its scale, complexity and overall performance.