LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – Two year’s worth of construction where I-15 meets the northern 215 beltway might Drive You Crazy.
When all is said and done, this will be a game changer. It includes flyovers from northbound 15 to the westbound northern 215 beltway, *southbound* 15 to the west 215, as well as flyovers from the eastbound 215 to southbound 15, and eastbound 215 to *northbound* 15. Those flyovers in and of themselves are a pretty big deal. But the $99-million dollar contract just announced by the Nevada Dept of Transportation also includes adding a new interchange to the 15 north of the beltway to and from Tropical Parkway, which is also being reworked to include better access at Centennial Parkway.
A three minute NDOT video (using animations from local company Civil-FX) is well worth watching and rewatching – not just for traffic nerds. It takes at least a couple of viewings to get a handle on all the work this project will involve. Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt0-WMC4x9s
For the here and now: NDOT reports an average of 34,000 cars a day around the 15 and the northern 215 beltway today. They say that’s expected to grow to upwards of 60,000 a day over the next 20 years.
Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place sometime in the next couple of months with a completion date in late 2022.
Buckle up, drive carefully and use your turn signal, which is even easier when you PUT DOWN THAT PHONE!
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