Visualization showing the final configuration of Project Neon, currently under construction.
Animation showing the proposed extension of the Las Vegas Monorail track from MGM to Mandalay Bay.
Plans begin for next phase of Centennial Bowl project in northwest Las Vegas
The Nevada Transportation Department’s board on Monday agreed to start looking for a consultant who willsolicit bids from construction companies to design and build a ramp connecting southbound U.S. Highway 95 to the eastbound 215 Beltway.
The additional construction, expected to cost $135 million to $162 million, is listed in a series of nearly 200 planned projects that would be funded if most Clark County voters approve a ballot measure Nov. 8 to extend fuel revenue indexing for another decade. A three-year indexing plan that has raised the fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon will end in December unless voters approve the extension.
State transportation officials have said that the full interchange could be built by 2020 if the fuel tax measure is approved. If the measure fails, it will cost $155 million to $214 million to complete the project by 2034 because of available funding and a piecemeal approach to construction.
Project Neon finally takes to the air in Las Vegas
Project Neon is finally going vertical this week.
The Martin Luther King Boulevard onramp to northbound U.S. Highway 95 will close for the next two months beginning on Tuesday, when a crew of about 60 construction workers will start erecting several retaining walls around the Spaghetti Bowl interchange in downtown Las Vegas.
A series of concrete slabs — measuring up to 10 feet wide and weighing up to 2 ½ tons each — will be slowly connected, piece-by-piece, to build walls that will secure soil on unstable and steep slopes surrounding Nevada’s busiest freeway interchange.
“We’re excited to start building the project and give everyone something visual to see,” said Jay Proskovec, a spokesman for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., the contractor hired last fall by the Nevada Department of Transportation to complete Project Neon.
New McCarran air traffic control tower finally ready to open Sunday
Nearly a year behind schedule, the new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport will finally open Sunday.
Construction of the $99 million facility began in May 2011, but was stalled by a pair a government shutdowns, followed by the discovery of a massive construction error that kept it from opening on time.
Forty air traffic controllers will start monitoring planes passing through the nation’s eighth-busiest airport atop the 352-foot-tall tower. The facility includes a two-level parking garage, a guard station and a 52,800-square-foot, four-story office building at the tower’s base for Terminal Radar Approach Control, where another 49 controllers will work.
The tower is coming online as McCarran International reports a surge in passenger traffic not seen since 2007. The airport served 530,330 flights last year, nearly quadruple the 140,000 flights recorded when the current tower opened in 1983, McCarran and FAA officials said
BIG-TIME ROAD CONSTRUCTION IS COMING TO THE BUSINESSES OF THE ARTS DISTRICT
In the mid-1990s, Fourth Street was reconfigured as a one-way artery. It was a welcome change—it eased traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard and pointed tourists directly at the Fremont Street Experience. But it also did some harm: Enigma Garden Cafe, a now-defunct coffeehouse located near Fourth and Charleston, was very nearly driven out of business by the road work. Owner Julie Brewer, goaded beyond endurance by the relentless jackhammering, put a terse, hand-lettered A-frame sign in front of her business: “We are open during (de)construction.”
Today, it’s Main Street’s turn. Over the course of the next two years, Main will be transformed into a northbound one-way; one block to the west, Commerce Street is being reconfigured to one-way southbound. This is necessary work: The sewer lines are ancient, the sidewalks aren’t up to current ADA code and the traffic flow is all wrong for a Downtown that regularly hosts high-traffic events like First Friday. When finished, there will be bike lanes, improved street parking and sidewalks wide enough for art walks and outdoor seating.
McCarran airport envisions glitzy future as hub for international flights
A gust of wind whips through Rosemary Vassiliadis’ shoulder-length brown hair as she strolls down a long, dark tunnel under construction deep below the airfield at McCarran International Airport.
The director of aviation for Clark County gestures toward what she envisions as a glitzy future, marked by overseas travelers walking past vintage photographs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Strip gracing the a new, 995-foot-long corridor that will link seven new airline gates to the airport’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection station.
McCarran is in the midst of a $51 million project that will double the number of gates available to international air carriers, aimed at attracting additional visitors from around the globe who tend to stay longer and spend more money than domestic travelers.
McCarran Airport dedicates nation’s second-tallest traffic control tower
Against the dazzling backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip, planes can be seen taking off and landing from high atop the nation’s second-tallest air traffic control tower that recently opened at McCarran International Airport.
The panoramic views from the 352-foot-tall structure allows controllers from the Federal Aviation Administration to clearly see where jetliners are headed, all with a vigilant eye toward safety.
“Las Vegas’ air system has been growing very rapidly and continues to do so,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Tuesday.
Ramped-up Spaghetti Bowl work to resemble ‘Car-Nado’
Not quite, but upcoming Spaghetti Bowl closures being dubbed “Car-Nado” by NDOT will begin a massive three-year snarl in daily commutes throughout the valley.
The major impact of Project Neon hits next week and the first four-month phase will restrict access from Interstate 15 to U.S. 95 North through next February. Closures and detours begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
“Over the next four months, we’re going to see a flurry on construction activity that will have a long-term impact on ramps,” NDOT project manager Dale Keller said.
Electric shuttle buses would offer free rides in downtown Las Vegas by 2017
Visitors, workers and residents could soon have the option to hitch a free ride in downtown Las Vegas from a small fleet of electric vehicles.
The Las Vegas City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a contract with The Free Ride, a Florida-based company that operates free shuttle services in six- or seven-seat electric vehicles on-demand through a mobile application and sometimes on a fixed-route basis.
In Las Vegas, the shuttle service would circulate in a four-mile area of downtown.
Las Vegas stadium gives energy to monorail extension proposal
The Las Vegas Monorail Co. will seek Clark County commissioners’ permission this week to extend the monorail’s route from the MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay.
The 1-mile-long extension was a project marked for advancement in a traffic assessment report commissioned by the Nevada Department of Transportation board and released earlier this month. Along with the extension, a pedestrian bridge is proposed that would link the new monorail station to a proposed site on Russell Road for a new $1.9 billion stadium.
The monorail company, a privately held nonprofit, is asking the county for a maximum of two years to acquire funding and start construction on the extension of the elevated, 3.9-mile-long monorail, which has operated east of the Strip since 2004.
Construction on the monorail extension could start as soon as the second quarter of 2017, according to backup documents provided to the County Commission. At this time, no public money is being sought for the project.
High-speed rail plans may include station near proposed Raiders stadium site
A representative of XpressWest on Wednesday gave the Nevada High Speed Rail Authority an update on plans to build a line between Las Vegas and Victorville and Palmdale, California, and to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Andrew Mack, chief operating officer of XpressWest, also told the five-member authority board that the company may look into the possibility of building a station near the proposed 65,000-seat domed stadium that is under consideration on 62 acres at Russell Road and Interstate 15.
The property is one of two locations XpressWest has explored for a Las Vegas terminus for the initial phase of a 185-mile, dual-track line to Victorville. It’s also a leading candidate for the site of the $1.9 billion stadium that could house the Oakland Raiders if the team were to relocate to Las Vegas.
Mayor Goodman Shuttle Tests
Navya and Keolis, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, launched the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city of Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas.
Project Neon’s next phase set to snarl traffic in Las Vegas
Just as the traffic nightmare wrought by Car-nado wraps up in late February, commuters passing through downtown Las Vegas should start preparing for the next phase for Nevada’s largest freeway infrastructure project.
SourceThe I-15/Starr Avenue Interchange adds a key link to one of the most highly traveled corridors in the country. It will enhance local access and mobility by connecting Starr Avenue from the west side of I-15 at Dean Martin Drive to the east side of I-15 at Las Vegas Boulevard. The project will help reduce crashes and alleviate existing and projected congestion on local streets that access I-15 and I-215 via Eastern Avenue, Cactus Avenue, and St. Rose Parkway.
The scope of this project is to design and construct the new interchange. The design consists of raising the I-15 freeway over Starr Avenue, while Starr Avenue remains at its existing grade.
Other aspects of the project:
Tight urban diamond interchange configuration
I-15 constructed to account for future widening
Starr Avenue constructed from Las Vegas Boulevard to Dean Martin Drive
Traffic signals, signing, lighting, and drainage features
NDOT is delivering the project via the traditional design-bid-build method. Design is under way and is being conducted by NDOT’s professional engineers. Construction is expected to being mid-to-late 2017 and be completed by the end of 2018.
Final Design Completion: Spring 2017
Construction Start (Estimated): Summer/Fall 2017
Construction Completion (Estimated): Spring/Summer 2019
The Starr Interchange project is being funded by federal, state, and local Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) sources. The estimated construction cost is $42 - $54 million.
DESIGN REVIEW for entrance structures for underground stations and an underground people mover system in conjunction with an existing and approved convention facility/exposition hall
This project will consist of 6 above ground entrance structures. The entrance structures will serve as the primary access points to 3 underground stations and two, 0.83 mile tunnels connecting the existing LVCC campus to the expansion site.