‘Main Event’ on I-15 through Las Vegas reaches halfway point

Updated July 6, 2018 - 3:26 pm

The massive freeway closure known as the Main Event plaguing downtown Las Vegas is halfway completed, with a new round of closures expected through mid-November, the Nevada Department of Transportation said Friday.

Both directions of Interstate 15 will be narrowed to a single lane from 11 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, and again from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday so that crews can repave the freeway, department spokeswoman Adrienne Packer said.

Additionally, Alta Drive/Bonneville Avenue will be closed beneath I-15 from 10 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, and again from 7 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, allowing crews to install bridge girders and deck panels, Packer said.

Over the longer term, the D Street offramp from northbound I-15 is scheduled to close from 11 p.m. Tuesday through mid-November. However, the D Street onramp leading to southbound I-15 will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday following a four-month closure.

And motorists will notice traffic lanes shifting west onto the new southbound lanes for I-15 between Alta Drive and D Street, allowing construction crews to continue building the reconfigured freeway, Packer said.

Crews demolished nine bridges and started work on 12 others since the mid-March debut of the Main Event, marking the third and final round of long-term closures associated with Project Neon, the $1 billion widening of I-15 between U.S. Highway 95 and Sahara Avenue.

Crews also have opened a new onramp at Pinto Lane and a new Charleston Boulevard offramp from southbound I-15, erected a pair of digital traffic management signs and made room for a new high-occupancy-vehicle ramp at the center of I-15.

Project Neon is 73 percent complete, with construction expected to wrap up by summer 2019, Packer said.

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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