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Date Published: 2016-08-02

Contact: Tony Illia

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Project Neon Partners With Local Trade Union for Skills Training

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LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. have partnered with the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 872, for Project Neon related construction skills training. Craft workers are being directly employed by design-build general contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

“Project Neon will stimulate the local economy by creating 4,000 high paying local jobs, while dramatically reducing traffic delays, enhancing mobility and improving safety,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia.

Laborers will undergo 24 hours of specialized training for building mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls, which use precast concrete and metal to secure soil on an unstable and steep slope. The course curriculum consists of classroom learning and field training. Sixty laborers will undergo the two-day training process.

Construction calls for 600,000 square feet of mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls that will require 100,000 man-hours to complete. Project Neon, in total, entails enough retaining walls and bridge abutments to cover ten-and-a-half football fields.

The first retaining walls will begin construction September 9 at Martin Luther King Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95 in downtown Las Vegas, with work continuing through summer 2019.

Training classes will take place at the Laborers Local 872 Apprenticeship and Training Center, 4201 East Bonanza Road, Suite 101, Las Vegas, Nevada 89110. Classes are scheduled for August 10 and 11, 15 and 16, and August 29 through 30. For media and interview opportunities, contact Tony Illia at (702) 385-6509 or tillia@dot.state.nv.us.

Visit the Project Neon website (NDOTProjectNeon.com) or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a hotline available at: 702-293-NEON (6366).