Travelers face delays, as Memorial Day traffic creates major backups on I-15 south


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Memorial Day weekend brings many visitors and of course, traffic, to the Las Vegas valley.

As of 7:30 p.m., RTC is reporting a 12-mile backup on I-15 southbound near Primm.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says motorists should expect delays to get worse throughout the day as more people head out of town.

“To avoid traffic, us SR 160 to W Bell Vista Ave in Pahrump and catch route 127 in CA, that will bring you right to Baker,” NHP advised on Twitter.

One more tip from the agency: “Pack your patience” as the long line of vehicles becomes even longer.

It took our 8 News Now crew about an hour and a half to get to Jean from Las Vegas around noon, so it took people hours to get to the stateline.

Vegas was said to be a top destination for the holiday weekend. Traffic started to build early Monday morning, and throughout the day, people were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Some stopped in the middle of the road to stretch while others waited it out in Jean or Primm. People say they expected traffic for the holiday.

“I just want to go home, that is the thing,” said Luis Grossklaus, who was driving to Southern California. “It is hot. We have to go to SoCal; it is a long drive. It is a hot day.”

Truck driver Will Montero said, “Vegas is definitely back. You see all this traffic. This is ridiculous.” He was forced to pull over and wait it out. “…I did not expect this at all, and then you got cops over here, pulling people over constantly. I saw 10 different cops pull 10 different people over on the highway.”

NHP was out in full force, Tweeting they already pulled over impaired drivers and other people who were trying to drive on the shoulder.

Of note, some people waited an hour just to get food at gas stations.

For a live look at the backup, click HERE. For updates and traffic alerts, click HERE.

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