Railroad Work to Cause Major Interstate Closure | Transportation
Another major closure of Interstate 15 will snarl traffic near the south end of the Strip through the weekend.
As part of the Design-Build South project, southbound I-15 will be closed from Russell Road to the 215 interchange for installation of the new railroad bridge over the freeway.
All southbound I-15 traffic will be routed off at Russell Road from 10 p.m. Friday through approximately 5 p.m. Sunday. The ramps from Flamingo Road, Tropicana Boulevard and Russell Road to southbound I-15, the southbound access roads and Dean Martin Dr. at the railroad will also be closed. Dean Martin Dr. is scheduled to remain closed until Monday.
Traffic on I-15 southbound will be detoured to multiple routes. The primary detour will have traffic exiting I-15 southbound at Russell Road, traveling on Russell Road to Decatur Boulevard, following Decatur Boulevard southbound to 215, then 215 eastbound to I-15 southbound. Other detours include:
- US 95 northbound to Summerlin Parkway westbound, to Decatur Boulevard southbound to 215 eastbound to I-15 southbound
- US 95 southbound to 215 westbound to I-15 southbound
- Tropicana Avenue or Flamingo Avenue westbound to Decatur Boulevard southbound to 215 eastbound to I-15 southbound
- Las Vegas strip traffic will be diverted southbound on Las Vegas Blvd to Blue Diamond Road westbound to I-15 southbound.
Motorists are advised to use eastbound Tropicana Ave. for access to the airport during the closure.
The existing railroad bridge over I-15 southbound will be removed and new spans will be placed over the freeway and access road. The movement of the bridge will be done by self-propelled modular transport vehicles (pictured) that will lift the spans from below.
The I-15 Design-Build South project stretches from Tropicana Avenue to just south of Silverado Ranch Boulevard. The project includes widening of the freeway, the addition of access roads, five redesigned interchanges, 26 new bridge sections, 35 retaining walls and 1.5 miles of sound walls. Construction began in spring 2010 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2012.
For more information about the I-15 South Design-Build Project, visit www.i15southproject.com