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Tropicana set for overnight closure in resort corridor

Updated June 12, 2023 - 11:58 am

Tropicana Avenue between the resort corridor and Interstate 15 is set to fully close to traffic overnight next week.

The stretch of Tropicana between Dean Martin Drive and the New York-New York will close between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. June 15, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The setup is a temporary diverging diamond interchange while work continues on the $305 million I-15/Tropicana project. The closure is needed for crews to make adjustments and repairs to the striping and pavement markings and the relocating of median barrier railing.

The overnight work will include the closure of the I-15 northbound offramp to Tropicana and the Tropicana onramp to I-15 southbound. Those ramps will remain open in the daytime hours.

The Transportation Department has had to make multiple adjustments to the interchange since being implemented in January after Dropicana, where the north half of the Tropicana bridge was demolished. The adjustments have led to similar overnight closures of the stretch of Tropicana.

A diverging interchange will be in place through mid-2024, but in the fall, the configuration will change when the rebuilt northern half of the Tropicana bridge reopens and the south side is torn down.

“It aims to improve traffic operations, enhance safety, and provide a more efficient use of space during construction,” Justin Hopkins, a department spokesman, said in a statement.

The two most-common mistakes drivers make through the diverging interchange are motorists traveling in both the east and westbound lanes not crossing over into their lane, leading to driving in the wrong direction after the diverging intersection, the agency previously noted.

As drivers approach the interchange, they should heed signage and pavement markers to move to the left side of the road.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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