Las Vegas I-15 section closed for the weekend

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A major segment of the main vehicular travel route between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City will be closed over the weekend as part of a project to rebuild the congested interchange that serves the Las Vegas Strip.

Nevada Department of Transportation officials say Interstate 15 will be closed to allow crews to dismantle a large overpass on Tropicana Avenue.

Officials say drivers will face detours and significant delays between the Flamingo and Russell road exits.

Department calls for 18-month, $305 million road reconstruction project “Dropicana”

Completed in mid-2025, the flyover will raise traffic above the interstate, increasing traffic and near the city’s largest casino hotel and venues such as Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena, according to the designers. It will be safer for pedestrians.

Interstates are the busiest highways in Nevada, handling more than 300,000 vehicles per day. Officials say travelers and truck drivers should expect diversions and delays, and the area’s public roads will be congested with diverted traffic.

The project is funded by state gas tax and federal funds, including a $50 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2020.