Nevada

Full closure of I-15 this weekend at Tropicana Avenue.

 

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is calling it “Dropicana,” and this weekend it will completely close Interstate 15 in one of Las Vegas’ busiest traffic areas. Both north and south I-15 will close between Russell Rd. and Flamingo Road. Friday, January 27 at 10:00 pm to Monday, January 30 at 5:00 am.

The I-15 overlap is needed to demolish the northern half of the Tropicana bridge over I-15. Since the bridge is being “dropped”, the project has been named “Dropikana”. Over the next two years, the bridge will be rebuilt, becoming taller, wider and longer, as well as improving capacity and safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Detours will be posted to Russell Rd during closing. and Flamingo Road. However, bypass routes are expected to fill up quickly. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible or use a navigation app such as Waze to redirect past backups.

NDOT is working with local law enforcement to man the detours with uniformed personnel and marked patrol cars. In addition, RTC/FAST is committed to monitoring traffic around the clock during closing times and can adjust signal times as needed to reduce congestion.

NDOT is working with the California, Utah, and Arizona Departments of Transportation to warn tourists. NDOT also met with LVCVA, resort companies and other stakeholders to announce the closure to resort staff and guests.

“In planning for the closure, we tried to find weekends when there were no major events at venues in the area,” NDOT spokesman Justin Hopkins said in a recent interview with The Progress.

When Tropicana Ave. reopens on Monday morning, it will be reduced to two lanes in each direction. I-15 southbound exits to Tropicana will be closed for several months while the bridge is repaired.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to download the free I-15 Trop app, bookmark www.i15trop.com, and follow @i15trop on Twitter for real-time updates on closures and restrictions.

The I-15/Tropicana Design-Build is expected to provide more efficient traffic in and around the Tropicana interchange, improve travel time reliability on I-15 and Tropicana Avenue, increase motorist and pedestrian safety, improve air quality and easier access to the resort corridor and back.

Work on the project began in May and is expected to continue into early 2025. Another closure of I15 is expected later as part of the project as the southern half of the bridge is demolished and traffic on the new northern side of the bridge is temporarily redirected during further construction.

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