Final leg of Project NEON: Expect to see more detours on I-15

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If you think traffic in Las Vegas is bad now, just wait. It's about to get a lot worse.

The final leg of Project NEON is about to take center stage and expect to see a lot more detours on Interstate 15.

Progress isn't pretty but it's necessary to ease congestion.

I-15 will be losing a lane in each direction and that's not the only change affecting this downtown corridor.

In a city that thrives on newness, Frankie's Tiki's Room has stood the test of time

"It's Polynesian escapism. It's where people come to escape the problems of daily life," said P. Moss, owner of Frankie's Tiki Room.

But P. Moss has his own problem. Just outside his door on Charleston Boulevard near Interstate 15 is Project NEON, which is now entering its third and final phase.

"We're calling this the main event," said Dale Keller with the Nevada Department of Transporation.

Thursday, Dale Keller with the Nevada Department of Transportation gave an update on the project.

"This next ten months, it's going to be round the clockwork, six days a week, both day and night," said Keller.

Starting March 6, Interstate 15 from Sahara to Washington will be reduced by one lane in each direction. The ramp from US 95 to the 15 South will also be down one lane with a detour.

"We do anticipate that there will be delays. We ask you to pack your patience as we go through this very impactful and very important time in this job," Keller told us.

A job, Moss at Frankie's Tiki Room says "can't end soon enough."

"When you're a small business owner, every customer matters," he said.

Moss knows it's inevitable. Business at his bar is about to slow down.

"It's going to cost us a lot of money. We have a very loyal clientele who come all the time, and they'll find a way, said Moss.

Remember, all of this construction is to widen Interstate 15, which means eventually, you'll see fewer crashes and a shorter commute time.

Project NEON as a whole will be complete in December of 2019.

To learn more about Project NEON and the dates of closures, click here.

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