The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will restrict vehicle access along Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay on New Year’s Eve.
“About 320,000 people are expected to celebrate New Year’s in Southern Nevada, with many of them welcoming in 2018 on the Las Vegas Strip,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “We are making several temporary road and highway closures to make the event safer for both motorists and revelers.”
The southbound and northbound Interstate-15 on-ramps and off-ramps will be closed at 5 p.m., Dec. 31 at Spring Mountain Road, Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue. Motorists can still use and exit I-15 at Sahara and at Russell Road.
NDOT officials say road access will also be restricted at the following locations:
• Las Vegas Boulevard northbound at Mandalay Bay.
• Las Vegas Boulevard southbound at Sahara.
• Tropicana Avenue westbound at Koval Lane.
• Tropicana Avenue eastbound at Industrial/Dean Martin Drive
• Flamingo Road eastbound at Valley View Boulevard
• The right lane on Sahara eastbound at I-15 will have one lane closed to allow a dedicated turn lane from the off-ramp at I-15 northbound to Sahara eastbound.
Ramp restrictions will be lifted between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., Jan. 1, 2017, or at the discretion of the Joint Operations Center in the Freeway Arterial System of Transportation (FAST), according to NDOT officials.
Escalator access for pedestrians at Tropicana and the Strip will be shut down from 2 p.m., Dec. 31 to 2 a.m., Jan. 1. Locals and tourists are encouraged to use the stairs or the elevators. Prior to midnight, all stairs and escalators will be barricaded and elevators will be stopped as bridge access will be restricted to pedestrians.