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Date Published: 2013-08-12

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Project Date Extended for NEON Drainage, Utilities Work

Story Text:

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 caliche.

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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About NDOT

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT's mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT's headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors' board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.