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UPDATE: Interstate 215 reopens after closure caused by debris

Posted at 11:55 AM, Dec 16, 2016

UPDATE AT 3:34 P.M. Clark County released a statement about the closure Friday.

"The 215 was closed in both directions near the airport today out of an abundance of caution after high winds moved plywood panels on the under-construction ramp that goes over the highway there.

No material fell from the flyover ramp, but County inspectors and contractor representatives were concerned about the possibility of this occurring and had the highway closed at about 11:10 a.m. Eastbound 215 reopened to traffic at about 2:40 p.m. and westbound 215 reopened at about 3 p.m.

The plywood serves as a temporary walkway so workers can more easily and safely walk on the ramp during construction.

It appears wind gusts broke additional supports and straps intended to hold the plywood in place. The County and contractor will be reviewing what occurred today in an effort to prevent it from happening again in the future."

UPDATE AT 3:15 P.M. Both directions of Interstate 215 are now open.

UPDATE AT 2:50 P.M. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 215 is now open.

UPDATE AT 1 P.M. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the interstate will remain closed for 8 to 12 hours.

ORIGINAL STORY

Interstate 215 is currently closed in both directions near the new airport connector because of debris in the road.

All traffic is currently being diverted to the old airport connector.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, it is debris from the construction of the new connector that has blown into the road because of high winds. They hope to have to interstate open again by 1 p.m.

Check back often for updates.