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New Martin Luther King Boulevard Opens Saturday Morning in Las Vegas

Post Date:08/30/2017 11:17 AM

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will open the new 1-mile-long Martin Luther King Boulevard alignment between Alta Drive and Oakey Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas by 8 a.m., Saturday, September 2. The four-lane asphalt roadway will create another major north-south connection into the Medical and Arts districts in downtown Las Vegas, thereby improving commuter access, safety, and mobility.

The new alignment is part of Project Neon – a nearly $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue that broke ground last year. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer.

Meanwhile, the existing Martin Luther King Boulevard in this area will eventually become part of a “collector-distributor” or feeder road system for Interstate 15 traffic. (Martin Luther King Boulevard averages about 26,000 vehicles daily). The Interstate 15 southbound exit to Charleston Boulevard will remain open. And the Interstate 15 southbound onramp from Charleston Boulevard/Martin Luther King Boulevard will also be available, although it will not be accessible from the new 75-foot-wide alignment.

Other new alignment upgrades include an elevated Martin Luther King Boulevard over Charleston Boulevard for improved operations of both streets. The Alta Drive/Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection has been expanded, too, for greater traffic capacity and better efficiency. Additionally, new 10-foot sidewalks are being built for enhanced pedestrian interaction. Plus, there will be future signalized Bearden Drive access that won’t open until October. (Construction crews are still paving interconnecting home and business driveways).

Although there will be no direct access from Charleston Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard, a new ramp from eastbound Charleston Boulevard up to Martin Luther King Boulevard will be built in 2019. However, southbound Martin Luther King Boulevard can still travel westbound onto Charleston Boulevard.

Check the Project Neon website ( or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a free smart phone and tablet app available, plus a hotline available in both English and Spanish at: 702-293-NEON (6366). NDOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit or call 511 before driving. 

New MLK Alignment Map 1

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