Project Neon creates long-term benefits for the Las Vegas Medical District.
Project Neon creates long-term benefits for the Las Vegas Medical District.

Project Neon – the state’s largest and most expensive project in its 152-year history — is a nearly $1 billion investment that will improve access to downtown Las Vegas. It also has its benefits for the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) to the west of Interstate 15 along Charleston Boulevard.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is diligently moving residents in need of frequent medical care that lived in the path of Project Neon to new dwellings within the LVMD, thereby providing them with necessary care and easy access.

Project Neon additionally creates improved access points for motorists to travel west of the interstate to the LVMD.

Motorists driving from the northeast valley will be able to take U.S. Highway 95 to Martin Luther King Boulevard, which runs parallel to I-15. Some drivers will be able to continue over Charleston and onto the freeway while those in need of medical assistance can exit onto a new ramp leading to Charleston.

The Charleston interchange at I-15 will be reconfigured into a full-diamond interchange that will create easier access to those wishing to travel west on Charleston Boulevard.

NDOT is also building several collector-distributor roads – frontage-like roads that dip below and rise above each other to improve traffic flow — on the east side of the interstate that will lead motorists directly to Grand Central Parkway or Alta Drive, where they can access the LVMD from the rear.

The intent of Project Neon’s collector-distributor roads is to remove traffic now traveling on I-15 and shepherd them to surface streets, alleviating congestion near the LVMD. With less traffic on the interstate, it is anticipated that emergency vehicles will be able to make it to UMC and nearby facilities expeditiously.

It is also expected to reduce the number of motorists who get into crashes along I-15 and need medical attention. Currently, there are 25,000 lane changes per hour and an average of three crashes per day on I-15.

Design and demolition will occur through July 2016 followed by local street improvements and U.S. 95/I-15 ramp braiding through March 2018. I-15 mainline lane closures will be restricted to one construction season between March and November in 2018. Finally, work on the HOV flyover will take place from November 2018 through July 2019.

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Photo: Courtesy of Project Neon – rendering of Charleston & Grand Central

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