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Las Vegas-to-California travelers pack I-15 near Primm

Updated November 29, 2020 - 4:04 pm

It may have been a low-key Thanksgiving in Las Vegas, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the annual Sunday traffic jam on Interstate 15 lives on at the California-Nevada border in Primm.

Traffic was backed up as much as 12 miles on the way out of Las Vegas to California on Sunday, according to a tweet from the Regional Transportation Commission. Primm is about 45 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

By 4 p.m. the backup was down to 10 miles, the commission tweeted.

There are alternate routes, or travelers can try to wait out the ride back and leave later Sunday night.

On Labor Day weekend, tourists were stuck in a 22-mile backup on their way home to California.

In a recent report in the Review-Journal, data from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada showed traffic volume on Interstate 15 at the Nevada-California border is up 8 percent through the third week of October. This marks the first monthly year-over-year increase on the stretch since the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts were felt.

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