LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – How can one freeway have so many names? It’s enough to drive you crazy!
When did we start calling the 95 freeway “the 95-515”?
For super long-time southern Nevadans, today’s report may be a trip down memory lane on the freeway of Las Vegas life. For more newbies it might just be enough Junior-Traffic-Buddy info to make you go “I didn’t know that” – or possibly impress your friends at any moment of awkward silence.
Props as always to Tony Illia at the Nevada Dept of Transportation for this timeline:
The 515 designation – to mark almost 14.5 miles east of the Spaghetti Bowl as an Interstate freeway (eligible for different federal money than a “U-S” highway name and number) was approved back in 1976. But Tony says it took another 16 years before any construction was done: 1982. The work took place in stages, with final completion in 1994, when the “515” signs were installed.
If you want to get technical, it’s really the “93-95-515-and-now-also I-11-south of the 215” as that stretch of freeway includes all four *different* roads, until you get closer to Boulder City where the 93 goes off on its own and the 95 goes down to Searchlight and beyond. And I-11 becomes the loop around Boulder City.
There will not be a quiz on any of this, but as with all our reports, you can refresh your Junior Traffic Buddy memory right here!
Buckle up, drive carefully and put down that phone!
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