LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why drivers must navigate a seemingly unnecessary loop near the Premium Outlets Mall downtown to access I-15.
The viewer refers to the entrance to I-15 near Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway. The route forces drivers to take the loop around the mall in order to enter the freeway.
This is called a loop ramp or jug handle. The design and construction of this area was done in the early 1990's. It was built like this to eliminate conflict between left turns and through traffic, which is a major factor in the safety of intersections. In addition to reducing conflicts, they are supposed to reduce time.
A future cone zone called Project Neon will widen I-15 near the Spaghetti Bowl and add collector and distributor roads. It will eventually eliminate this jug handle. Depending on funding, this may not be done until 2030.
Until that future construction is complete, the jug handle remains.
What's driving you crazy? You can e-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.