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Traffic Restrictions Near McCarran Airport
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Traffic Restrictions Near McCarran Airport

Traffic entering McCarran Airport from southbound Paradise Road and eastbound Tropicana Avenue will be restricted for the next month starting Thursday morning.

In preparation for the 2012 opening of Terminal 3, the Clark County Department of Aviation will begin installing signs whose electronic messaging systems will provide approaching drivers with details on which airlines are located in specific terminals at McCarran.

The opening of McCarran International’s new Terminal 3 is less than a year away. In preparation for that landmark event, the Clark County Department of Aviation will this week begin installing the first of several overhead signs whose electronic messaging systems will soon provide approaching drivers with details on which airlines are located in specific terminals at McCarran.

“When T3 opens, domestic carriers will be divided between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, and people will need to know in advance where their airline is based so they can head directly to the proper terminal. These road signs will be a key tool for sharing that information,” said Randy Walker, Clark County Aviation Director.

The installation of the new overhead signs will temporarily affect nearby traffic with the closure of one right-turn lane leading drivers from eastbound Tropicana Avenue onto Paradise Road. (A second right-turn lane will remain open to accommodate incoming airport and tunnel traffic.) One lane of southbound Paradise Road will also be closed at that time, with traffic cones starting just north of Tropicana and continuing south past Gus Guiffre Drive.

Both lane closures will remain in effect around the clock until late August; subsequent lane closures will occur in other nearby areas until the sign installation concludes in October.

Similar electronic messaging signs will later be installed before the northbound lanes of the Airport Connector Tunnel, as well as above Russell Road just west of Eastern Avenue. These new signs, made by Daktronics, Inc., will initially display general roadway information. Once T3 opens, the signs’ primary purpose will be alerting drivers to specific airline and terminal details, such as “Southwest Airlines – Terminal 1” or “Hawaiian Airlines – Terminal 3,” and so on.

Because the signs are electronic, their messages can be easily adjusted whenever a new airline begins service to McCarran, or when existing airlines merge, shut down or relocate to another terminal.

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