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Officials declare key freeway project complete after 3 years

August 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada transportation officials are marking what they call “substantial completion” of three years of work on a $1 billion upgrade of the state’s busiest freeway near downtown and the Las Vegas Strip.

Gov. Steve Sisolak declared at a Thursday ceremony the work dubbed “Project Neon” will improve safety and reduce congestion and commuter delays.

Workers widened a crucial 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the busy “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange with U.S. 95, and installed new overpasses and 42 electronic signs to notify motorists of traffic snarls and road hazards.

Officials call the highway the busiest in Nevada, carrying 300,000 vehicles a day. They say traffic is expected to double by 2040.

State transportation chief Kristina Swallow says an expedited “design-build” process saved money and time.

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