The largest transportation project in Nevada's history is now officially underway.
Local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of Project Neon. The $1.5 billion upgrade of the I-15 through the heart of Las Vegas.
While major construction work on the freeway itself won't begin in earnest until 2018, the headaches on the surface streets around the I-15 will begin soon.
In true Las Vegas fashion, showgirls and celebrities helped signal the start of construction for the long-anticipated Project Neon.
Governor Brian Sandoval says the project eclipses the scope of building the Hoover Dam.
"In today's dollars, the Hoover Dam would be $850 million, this is bigger than that," he said.
I-15 from Sahara Avenue to the Spaghetti Bowl is the busiest stretch of road in the state. Around 300,000 cars travel on the nearly four-mile segment of highway every day.
That number is expected to double in the next two decades... Read More