Date Published: 2013-08-12
Contact: Damon Hodge
Phone: (702) 385-6509
Title: Project Date Extended for NEON Drainage, Utilities Work
LAS VEGAS - A drainage and
utilities project by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, under a permit from
the Nevada Department of Transportation, has been extended for a month.
Associated with preliminary work for Project NEON, the work entails removing
approximately 105 linear feet of the existing 36-inch water main and replacing
it with a new 36-inch water main as part of drainage and utilities work. The
water district is relocating a waterline that is in the way of future project
components. Several unforeseen circumstances prompted the extension of the
contract, including the discovery of caliche at the very beginning of
excavation, valve problems (prompting the removal of excess groundwater and the
pumping out of nuisance water) and the discovery of a secondary layer of
Initially scheduled for completion on Aug. 16, the project's
anticipated completion date is now Sept. 16. As such, traffic control
restrictions will remain in place through Sept. 16. They include a half-street
closure of a portion of Oakey Boulevard and a full closure of a portion of
Martin Luther King Boulevard. Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed at
Oakey Boulevard. There will be no access to northbound Martin Luther King
Boulevard from Oakey. The I-15 southbound on ramp will still be accessible from
southbound Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lane restrictions on Oakey will begin
on the westbound side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and end just west of
the Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection. Oakey will be configured into a
two-lane thoroughfare, with one lane for eastbound travel and one lane for
westbound travel. Suggested detours include Charleston and Oakey Boulevards and
Wall Street for east-west travel to either side of I-15 and Rancho Drive and
Western Avenue for north-south travel. Motorists are advised to slow down and
adhere to all traffic control devices.
Project NEON is a multi-phase,
multi-year project designed to boost safety, mobility and accessibility in the
state's most heavily trafficked corridor-the 3.7-mile stretch from the U.S.
95/I-15 interchange to Sahara Avenue is used by nearly 250,000 vehicles daily.
Project NEON is essential to the progression of local transportation, economic
development and quality of life. As a 20-plus year program of improvements,
Project NEON is also expected to create hundreds of planning and engineering
jobs and thousands of construction jobs over its lifetime, thus improving the
local economy. For information on Project NEON, log on to the Project NEON Website.
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