LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Interstate 15 near Tropicana is busy now but with population growth and a brand-new stadium in the works. he Nevada Department of Transportation predicts traffic in the area to increase a lot in the next few years.
"We have sports and everything coming to Vegas so that will really change the atmosphere of everything around it,” said Peter Georgiev.
Georgiev lives in The Martin building. He attended a public meeting Thursday to see where the I-15 Tropicana Project stands.
“Living in the center of the city it’s quite a substantial investment. So I hope that a lot of people will see this as a positive for property values and for being in the center of what I would call now a tier 1 city," Georgiev said.
The goal of the project is to increase safety for vehicles, pedestrians, transit users and operators as well as improve the access to Tropicana and the Strip.
All of that should be accomplished with a redesign to the interchange featuring diamond on and off ramp configurations and the addition of high occupancy vehicle ramps north of the Tropicana interchange at the Harmon Avenue overpass.
"You got a lot of traffic on Dean Martin Drive,” said Bob Swan who also lives nearby. “And the way things are happening with the new stadium you're going to have some real problems with the events other than the football."
Swan is a long time Las Vegas resident and he's seen how the city has grown.
"There's not too much east west transportation talked about. You know the casinos have a lot of money invested but the people who live here need to get the east west stuff going too. We need light rail and everything else."
Once construction begins it will take two to three years to complete.