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Rules for Las Vegas HOV lanes to change when Project Neon complete

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When Project Neon wraps up next month there will be 22 miles of continuous High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in the valley and motorists will see changes in how those lanes are regulated.

The HOV lanes will stretch from Silverado Ranch Boulevard in Interstate 15 to Elkhorn Road on U.S. Highway 95. The current two lane expressway lanes will be restriped to one HOV lane and one all-purpose lane, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

With over 2.2 million residents and 43 million visitors, of which at least 60 percent drove, bottlenecks are becoming increasingly regular on valley highways.

“Southern Nevada currently lacks a complete carpool lane network, resulting in merge-and-weave movements for freeway-to-freeway connections,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesman. “However, Project Neon fixes that with 22 consecutive miles of HOV lanes between I-15 and U.S 95, with a Spaghetti Bowl flyover connector and interchange between Oakey Avenue and Charleston Boulevard.”

Regulating HOV lanes will also change. Currently the HOV lanes are utilized as such only during high traffic times, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once the new lanes go live in mid-May the HOV lanes will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days per week, according to Dale Keller, NDOT assistant chief of project management, who presented the HOV plan Thursday to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada board of commissioners.

Additionally, crossing the solid double white line of an HOV lane is also illegal; motorists are allowed to enter and exit the lane only where dotted lines are present.

Aside from the new enforcement hours and lane restrictions, NDOT provided these dos and don’ts of HOV lane usage, once the new system is in place.

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