LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks if crews can adjust the distance between the end of the express lanes and the Sahara Avenue off-ramp on northbound I-15.
The viewer says this would give drivers more time to exit the express lanes and safely cross the interstate to reach the Sahara exit. Many drivers illegally exit the express lanes prematurely in order to reach it.
I-15 and Sahara receives approximately four accidents a day. Traffic8 asked the Nevada Department of Transportation's safety engineer if an earlier exit from the express lanes would make travel safer.
NDOT officials say shortening the express lanes further would reduce their effectiveness. Also, accident statistics show most crashes occur slightly north of the Sahara exit, between Sahara and Charleston Boulevard.
NDOT previously lengthened the distance from the end of the express lanes to the exit ramps at both ends with the Design Build South Project. Project Neon will also widen and improve I-15 in this area, which should help a lot of the issues that occur. However, that project is years away from completion.