Despite the cancellation of the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show on the Las Vegas Strip, part of the boulevard and the entrances and exits of Interstate 15 will be closed to traffic until the doorbell rings in 2021.
Misael Parra, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said Las Vegas Boulevard will close vehicle traffic between Reno Avenue (south of Tropicana Avenue) and Spring Mountain Road on New Year’s Eve. The closure will be a shorter distance than the closure of Sahara Avenue to Russell Road in previous years.
The strip’s shutdown is expected to begin between 6:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., depending on the crowd at that time, Parra said.
“It could happen a little sooner if there are a lot of people on the strip by that time, or later if there isn’t,” Parra said. “Either way, we want to have a hard shutdown by 8 p.m.”
When Las Vegas Boulevard reopens, there will be air in the air this year too, as there are no fireworks to signal the start of a new year.
“It’s difficult because once the fireworks are over, people leave and we can work on reopening the strip,” said Parra. “There won’t be any fireworks this year so we’ll have to work with the properties on the strip to send a message after midnight and hopefully people will leave. It will really depend on the crowd. “
In addition, the exits of I-15 south and north on Tropicana / Frank Sinatra Drive and Flamingo Road will be closed to traffic on December 31 at 5:00 p.m., the Nevada Department of Transportation said on Tuesday. Motorists can still enter and exit I-15 at Spring Mountain and Russell. The ramp restrictions will be lifted on January 1st between 3am and 6am.
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to affect the scale and scope of the New Year celebrations, a few more visitors are expected in southern Nevada, many of whom will see the Las Vegas Strip in 2021,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “For this reason, we are temporarily closing road and motorway ramps to ensure a safe and successful event for drivers and night owls.”
Access to vehicles is also restricted in the following locations:
– Tropicana heading east on Industrial Road / Dean Martin Drive.
– Flamingo Road heading east on Valley View Boulevard.
Although the closure of the strip at Spring Mountain ends in the north, the east-west road remains open to vehicle traffic.
In the city center, two streets will also be closed to vehicle traffic.
Las Vegas City officials said Fourth Street will be closed to traffic between Ogden and Carson Streets between December 31 and January 1 at 12:00 noon.
Casino Center Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Ogden and Carson Streets at 2pm between December 31 and January 1.
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