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Atkins wins £1bn US freeway design project

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Atkins has won its most significant project in North America to date, a £1bn scheme to transform traffic flow through the centre of Las Vegas.

The firm is to manage all the design and engineering services for Project Neon, a 3.7 mile urban motorway corridor. The area currently has around 300,000 car journeys each day and this is projected to increase to 500,000 by 2030. The project will expand capacity and improve movement by separating mainstream freeway travel from local traffic.

Atkins North America chief executive L Joe Boyer said: “Atkins is tremendously proud to be the lead design firm for this critical project, which has been deemed Nevada Department of Transportation’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.”

Construction will take three years and will start next year. It includes a flyover bridge and a new interchange.

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