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Heavy Traffic Expected During NASCAR Weekend September 13-16

An Estimated 25,000 Extra Cars And 100,000 People Expected For Race

September 13, 2018 - 1:27 pm

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - NDOT is at it again. Not with construction work details, but a warning for drivers, starting Thursday, and running through the weekend.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) urges motorists to avoid Interstate 15 northbound at Exit 54 during the South Point 400 weekend, which takes place Thursday, September 13, through Sunday, September 16, in Las Vegas. An estimated 25,000 additional vehicles and 100,000 people are expected for race-related events from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 N Las Vegas Blvd.

“We expect heavy traffic delays along northern Interstate 15 during NASCAR weekend,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “We advise taking alternate routes, if possible. If travel through the area is unavoidable, plan accordingly and budget additional time to reach your destination.”

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Drivers can expect an overnight closure of Interstate 15 on September 17.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will close northbound Interstate 15 between Spring Mountain Road and Sahara Avenue from 11 p.m., September 17, until 5 a.m., September 18, in downtown Las Vegas. Additional ramp closures include the following:

• The west and eastbound Spring Mountain Road onramps to Interstate 15 northbound will be closed from 9 p.m., September 17, until 6 a.m., September 18.

• The Flamingo Road onramp to Interstate 15 northbound will also be closed from 9 p.m., September 17, until 6 a.m., September 18.

The temporary closures are needed to install overhead Active Traffic Management signs as part of “The Main Event,” the third and final phase of work for Project Neon’s nearly $1 billion 4-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the design-build general contractor, with Atkins North America as lead designer. Project Neon is 81 percent finished and scheduled for substantial completion in the summer of 2019.

Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. Check the Project Neon website ( or Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages (@NDOTProjectNeon) for up to date information. There is also a free smartphone app available, plus a hotline available in both English and Spanish at 702-293-NEON (6366). NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures, and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit or call 511 before driving.