Nevada DOT taps Kiewit Infrastructure West for design-build on Project NEON

Updated Nov 13, 2015



The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has awarded the $559.4 million Project NEON  design-build contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West. The project involves widening a 3.7-mile stretch of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl interchange in downtown Las Vegas.

NDOT says this section of the interstate is the busiest section of highway in the state and has 300,000 vehicles traveling on it each day. The department expects that figure to double over the next 20 years.

Through Project NEON, the department says travel delays will be cut by 28 percent by the 2019 completion date and will provide $110 million in savings each year via increased productivity.

“Kiewit’s proposal will complete construction nearly a year earlier than anticipated for a nearly $80 million time savings for local taxpayers,” NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon said. “Kiewit’s accelerated schedule also maintains local street accessibility during construction and provides project innovation.”

The project will connect HOV/carpool lanes on U.S. Highway 95 to the I-15 express lanes with a flyover bridge, create direct access carpool ramps, a new “Neon Gateway” interchange, reconstruction of the Charleston Boulevard interchange, extension of the Grand Central Parkway over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and connecting to Industrial Road for downtown Las Vegas access and mobility.

“Now is the time to invest in Nevada’s infrastructure to ensure we meet the needs of our growing resident and tourist populations. By making this important investment in Southern Nevada’s infrastructure now we will begin to improve traffic congestion and reduce commuter delays,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said.  “When complete, Project NEON will be the largest single public works project in our state’s history. I am proud to support this essential project for southern Nevada.”