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Project Neon’s orange barrels to be removed from Las Vegas freeways

After three years of cluttering the side of both Interstate 15 and U.S. Highway 95 during Project Neon, the army of orange safety barrels will soon make their exit.

The 4,500 polyethylene barrels associated with Project Neon, the nearly $1 billion 4-mile widening of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl, will be removed from the roadways next week, according to Tony Illia, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

“Since we still have nightly closures on I-15 for various items, we will still be taking nighttime lane closures in several areas this week and next,” Illia said. “We will have all barrels removed from I-15 medians and shoulders by July 1.”

Each barrel is about 40 inches tall by 24 inches wide and weighs around 32 pounds.

The barrels were used to coordinate the dozens of freeway closures and lane reductions associated with Project Neon.

After July 1, any nightly work on I-15 and U.S. 95 will have the barrels placed and removed individually for each project, Illia said.

Here is some of the work that remains over the next week in varying overnight sessions running between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.:

Monday night-Wednesday night

U.S. 95 southbound to I-15 southbound ramp.

Pinto Lane entrance ramp to I-15 northbound entrance ramp.

U.S. 95 southbound exit ramp to Sahara.

Tuesday night

U.S. 95 southbound to I-15 northbound ramp.

Tuesday night-Wednesday night

I-15 southbound exit ramp to Sahara.

Thursday night-Friday night

Rancho Drive entrance ramp to I-15 southbound and U.S. 95 southbound.

Other Project Neon road work scheduled to occur between now and late July includes U.S. 95 northbound and southbound lane reductions from Valley View Boulevard to I-15 and I-15 northbound and southbound between Silverado Ranch Boulevard and U.S. 95.

Project Neon is 96 percent finished and scheduled for completion next month.


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