Temporary Lane Closures Affect McCarran Airport Traffic
Temporary lane closures will reduce access to McCarran International and Airport Connector Tunnel from eastbound Tropicana Avenue
Construction near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road will temporarily result in limited access to southbound Paradise for drivers attempting to turn from eastbound Tropicana, including those coming from Interstate 15, Koval Lane as well as the Las Vegas Strip.
Drivers who would regularly use eastbound Tropicana to reach McCarran International Airport or the Airport Connector Tunnel are encouraged to find alternate routes during a two-week work period that begins at 9 a.m. Monday, August 29 and concludes sometime Monday, Sept. 12.
Tropicana will be reduced to three eastbound lanes during the work period, and the intersection’s dedicated right-turn lanes will be temporarily closed. Drivers along eastbound Tropicana will still be able to turn right onto southbound Paradise, though right turns will only be allowed when all eastbound lanes have the right-of-way under a green traffic signal. Right-hand turns on red signals will not be possible. Delays are expected to occur during peak periods. (See attached map.)
These temporary lane restrictions are necessary so workers can continue to install a new 60-foot-wide electronic sign structure over Paradise. Its signs will eventually help inform drivers of which airlines operate at specific terminals at McCarran. The installation of the first of these new sign structures is expected to conclude near Paradise and Tropicana in late October. Similar signs will later be installed near Russell Road and along the Las Vegas Beltway leading toward the airport in advance of next year’s opening of McCarran’s new $2.4 billion Terminal 3 project.
McCarran delayed the start of these Tropicana lane closures until after Monday’s rush hour to help ease traffic concerns on the first day of fall classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A separate and unrelated Southwest Gas project that has affected some westbound and eastbound lanes near Tropicana and Swenson Street, just south of the Thomas & Mack Center, is scheduled to conclude on or around Aug. 31, according to the utility. Its completion will improve traffic flow on westbound Tropicana near Paradise.
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