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Timeline for Project NEON in downtown Las Vegas

Posted at 2:01 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 08:58:23-04

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Project NEON today in downtown Las Vegas.

The project promises to reduce the city's traffic by the time construction is completed.  However, the project will surely mean a bit of disruption for local motorists.

The first big change you'll see on your commute will be new high-tech video boards showing drive times and closures.

The first twelve boards will be installed by Fall. A total of 50 signs will eventually grace the roadways.

Check out the timeline:

First, from now until July, is the design phase and bulldozing property obtained for the project. That will include some homes that are located along Interstate 15.

Then comes changes local streets, including Martin Luther King and Charleston boulevards. There will also be changes to the area around Symphony Park in order to give drivers better access to attractions like The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

At the same time, construction crews will transform the dreaded Spaghetti Bowl area from a noodle mess to what's known as braiding, which is a weaving pattern of ramps to make merging a whole lot easier.

The big question everyone is wondering? When will the I-15 stretch be affected?  

Well, that will only happen in March of 2018. That is when the interstate will be widened and there will be lane closures.

But they've saved the most visible and disruptive project for last, the HOV flyover.  The HOV flyover will have a carpool lane with easy exits in what will be called the Neon Gateway.

The project will wrap up entirely in summer of 2019.