LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials are setting aside $60 million to start a massive road construction project to improve Interstate 15 and reopen a street into West Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the state transportation board on Monday approved money for preliminary engineering and purchasing land as part of Project Neon.

Plans call for revamping the interstate between Spring Mountain Road and the Spaghetti Bowl. It will also make improvements to the Charleston Boulevard and Sahara Avenue interchanges.

The project will reopen F Street after earlier construction had closed the road at the freeway. The street leads to a historically black neighborhood, and critics said the closure shut it off from downtown redevelopment.

Project Neon is expected to cost $1.3 billion and $1.8 billion.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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