LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The ambitious roadway project known as Project Neon was supposed to alleviate frustrations and shorten commute times. So now that it’s done, why is traffic still heavy?
The $1 billion construction project started in 2016 and was completed this year. Tony Illia with NDOT tells News 3 that although the project is finished, crews are now working on a punch list of items or loose ends for Project Neon, which is why there is still some construction.
The latest widening project introduced HOV lanes and new electronic traffic signs, recently showing mysterious green arrows. Illia says those are all a part scheduled testing. He says the signs should be up and running early next year.
Another question News 3 asked, is "What's with the Neon Gateway sign at I-15 and Western?" Some drivers say it seems to lead to nowhere.
"The Neon Gateway is a newly created interchange for HOV traffic, that drops down onto Western," said Illia.
HOV lanes are a big target of complaints from drivers and even city officials, but Illia says that's not the main cause of congestion.
"Really, the number one culprit for snaring traffic and slowing down traffic during rush hour on the 15 are crashes," said Illia.
He tells us the valley expects 700,000 residents over the next decade and other road projects are in the works.