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Project Neon causes sleepless nights for residents near I-15, Oakey

Residents being kept awake by construction noise
Posted at 11:25 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 10:27:35-05

People living behind Interstate 15 near Oakey Boulevard are dealing with sleepless nights due to noisy construction behind their homes. 

Project Neon construction is taking place on the I-15 during the evening hours when less cars are on the road. However, it's also the time when neighbors like Irma McDow are trying to get some shut-eye. 

"Anywhere from 2, 3, 4, 5 in the morning. Lots of pounding, lots of house vibrations," McDow said. 

McDow believes the vibrations from the construction equipment caused tiles on the outside of her home to fall off. 

Other people showed 13 Action News damage to their homes including cracks in the walls and ceilings indoors. 

Neighbors said despite the inconvenience, they're appreciative that the Nevada Department of Transportation has listened to their concerns.

Ongoing meetings have kept neighbors aware of the project's timeline. The final public meeting will be held  January 24, from 4 to 7 pm at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. 4th St.

A spokesperson for NDOT released the following statement to 13 Action News: 

"We continue working with homeowners to address concerns and minimize impacts as much as possible while still making construction progress. The fast-track schedule includes incentives for early completion, which helps limit inconvenience and discomfort for affected residents. Project Neon is creating 4,000 high paying local jobs; and, upon completion next summer, it will reduce travel delays by nearly 30 percent for a $110 million annual savings through increased productivity. It will also improve air quality due to less idle time and vehicle exhaust while enhancing motorist safety from reduced merge and weave traffic. However, last year we removed sound walls along the west side of Interstate 15 between Charleston Boulevard and Sahara Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. As a result, freeway adjacent residents are being exposed to more ambient noise associated with traffic and construction activities. We met with Glen Heather and Scotch 80s residents in early December to discuss ongoing work, including the timeframe for new soundwall construction, which will begin in April. New sound walls will greatly diminish ambient noise. Meanwhile, the contractor is working diligently, striking a delicate balance between day and night-time activities to deliver a high-quality project."