Photo Courtesy: USA Today

NDOT: Expect Heavy Memorial Day Weekend Traffic

AAA Reports Nearly 43 Million People Will Travel During Holiday

May 21, 2019 - 11:27 am

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - If you plan to travel for the extended Memorial Day weekend, think about leaving early. 

The Nevada Department of Transportation expects heavy Memorial Day traffic in Southern Nevada from May 24 through 28. About 330,000 visitors are anticipated during the holiday weekend, with at least 60 percent or 198,000 of those individuals driving, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. 

“Heavy holiday traffic is expected during the Memorial Day weekend, especially around downtown Las Vegas and the Strip resort corridor,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “Consequently, we encourage motorists to budget additional drive time when making travel plans.”

AAA reports that nearly 43 million people will travel during the Memorial Day holiday, with Las Vegas as the third most popular destination. The department, as such, encourages motorists to stay alert and minimize distractions while driving. And, of course, never drive impaired. Obey the posted speed limits, don’t text and drive, and always be sure to buckle-up.

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.