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Frustrated with 'never ending' construction? NDOT explains it is a necessary evil

Posted: 10:33 AM, Nov 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-30 22:20:44Z
Starr Ave interchange
Garnet interchange

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — "This town is constantly growing. It amazes me to this day," says Tony Ilia of Nevada Department of Transportation.

It's not Project Neon, but there are four other important constructions going on -- all to address the ever growing population and influx of visitors in the valley.

In the northwest, the widening of U.S. 95 between Ann and Kyle Canyon roads, getting on and off Mount Charleston.

In the south, drivers near the M Resort can look forward to some relief as crews are building a new interchange off the 15 to connect Starr Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard to Dean Martin.

"Busy times for NDOT. We have a lot more projects in the works on top of that."

Then on the northeast, a modified diverging diamond interchange on I-15 and US 93 is in the works,creating newer and wider bridges to ease traffic coming from each direction.

And the widening of SR 160 or Blue Diamond Road through Mountain Springs on the southwest.

Nevada DOT knows all the construction going on can be frustrating. But think about it this way:

"One thing about Project Neon and some of these jobs, these are high paying local jobs that's stimulating the economy... The alternative of not doing a construction and reinvesting in our infrastructure is that things will just continue to deteriorate and worsen."