- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada transportation officials plan to host freeway designers and the public ahead of a big interstate highway improvement project near downtown Las Vegas.

A Project Neon “industry day” meeting from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Golden Nugget Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas follows the issuance on Tuesday of a request for qualifications from interested parties.

Nevada Department of Transportation, Las Vegas city and Federal Highway Administration administrators say improving the 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 from Sahara Avenue to the Spaghetti Bowl interchange will cost more than $1 billion.

It’s the busiest stretch of road in the state.

Work is currently slated to begin in 2016 with construction of a high occupancy vehicle bridge connecting I-15 to U.S. 95 and a rebuilding of the Charleston Boulevard interchange.

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