Las Vegas Review Journal » Rather than express lanes, motorists will be able to access carpool lanes along Interstate 15. And, giant, dynamic digital screens will tell us how fast to drive and warn of potential traffic snarls. The improvements are part of the $1 billion Project Neon, which calls for widening the Spaghetti Bowl freeway interchange of I-15 and U.S. Highway 95 by 2019. Just a year into construction, Project Neon is about 40 percent complete.
Los Angeles Times » In September 2015 XpressWest announced a joint venture with China Railway International (CRI) to build a high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV. XpressWest has now terminated their partnership with CRI due to concerns about timely performance, CRI’s challenges in obtaining authorization from the U.S. federal government to move forward with development of a high-speed rail line, and the federal requirement for high-speed trains to be American made. There are currently no high-speed train manufacturers in the U.S.
Nevada Today by the University of Nevada, Reno » At the request of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the University of Nevada, Reno has conducted experiments to determine the effects that heavy vehicles, weighing up to 6 million pounds, have on flexible pavement. The results of the study will assist transportation agencies with development of policies and fee structures that may help cover the cost of maintaining and repairing the nation’s highways.
Groundbreaking on Project Neon was celebrated Las Vegas style. Improvements on Interstate 15 are expected to be complete in 2019, and estimated to cost nearly $1 billion, making it the largest public infrastructure project in the history of Nevada.