UPDATE: U.S. 95 Full Closure at I-15 This Weekend in Downtown Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will close north and southbound U.S. Highway 95 at Interstate 15 from midnight Friday, May 18, until 4 a.m., May 21, in downtown Las Vegas. However, Interstate 15 and the “Spaghetti Bowl” ramps will still stay open, thereby minimizing traffic impacts.
Department officials have been working closely with Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) festival organizers to ensure a smooth safe access to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As such, the following changes have been made:
- The freeway closure will now start at midnight on Friday and end by 4 a.m., Monday.
- Las Vegas and Martin Luther King boulevards will remain open to local traffic, providing additional north/south alternative routes.
- The Las Vegas Metro Police Department will assist with the closure and detour routes to facilitate smooth traffic flows.
- Motorists, including special event attendees, are strongly encouraged to use the Waze navigation app for trouble-free travel.
The temporary closures are needed for bridge construction as part of “The Main Event,” the third and final phase of work for Project Neon’s nearly $1 billion 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue. It marks the second of six full freeway closures allowed under Project Neon’s work schedule. The project is 65 percent complete, with anticipated completion next summer. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer.
Construction crews will erect a half dozen, 170-foot-long concrete bridge girders, weighing 200,000 pounds apiece, during the marathon weekend closure. Ninety bridge deck panels will additionally be placed for the future southbound Interstate 15 bridge over U.S. Highway 95.
Motorists should use caution while travelling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. Check the Project Neon website (NDOTProjectNeon.com) or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a free smart phone app available, plus a hotline available in both English and Spanish at: 702-293-NEON (6366). NDOT works with Waze 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 nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.