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Atkins lands key role on $560m Nevada highway project

10 Dec 15 Atkins is to be lead designer on a freeway scheme intended to transform transport in the US city of Las Vegas.

It will work on a team led by Kiewit Infrastructure West and will manage all design and engineering services for Nevada Department of Transportation's (NDOT) Project Neon. Kiewit was awarded the project in October (link opens in new tab). The scheme is the largest in NDOT’s nearly 100-year history and is described by Atkins as its most significant win in North America.

Project Neon will involve the development of a 3.7 mile corridor through the heart of Las Vegas, an area currently seeing 300,000 vehicle movements every day.

Joe Boyer, CEO for Atkins in North America, said: "Atkins is tremendously proud to be the lead design firm for this critical project, which has been deemed NDOT's most important and ambitious in its history.

"Project NEON is essential to the progression of Las Vegas' transportation demands and quality of life, given traffic is expected to double for this corridor in the next 20 years."

The construction project will be phased over three years starting in 2016 and connect high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on US 95 to I-15 express lanes with a flyover bridge, creating direct access car-pool lanes and a new "Neon Gateway" interchange.

"Project NEON addresses a multitude of corridor deficiencies related to congestion, crash rates, operations, and system linkages," said NDOT director Rudy Malfabon. “It will dramatically improve traffic congestion in Southern Nevada, while also creating 4,000 high-paying, quality jobs."

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