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Las Vegas road closures on New Year's Eve and driving alternatives

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 22:21:55-05

Below is a list of road closures in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve and some driving alternatives to help you get around town. Scroll down for information on free rides and ride-share discounts.

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ROAD CLOSURES IN LAS VEGAS:

Downtown/Fremont Street Experience:

5 p.m. - The Fremont Street Experience will be closed to the public.

6 p.m. – The Fremont Street Experience gates open for entertainment.

Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) Closure Information:

Throughout the evening, East-West travel on Sahara Avenue, Mandalay Bay Road, Desert Inn Road, and North-South travel on Frank Sinatra Drive, Koval Lane, Russell Road, US95 and I-215 will remain unrestricted.

Harmon Avenue/Bridge will be limited to vehicle traffic from the West leading to City Center to hotels guests only. Vehicle traffic on Harmon Avenue, East of Las Vegas Boulevard, will be limited to hotel properties.

Below is a schedule of the anticipated road closures and re-openings:

5 p.m. -- Closing of off-ramps from I-15 onto eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP/NDOT begins.

5:45 p.m. -- The closing of all other streets, roads and alleys leading Westbound onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road from Koval Lane will begin.

6 p.m. -- All streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road will be closed with all barricades in place.

6:15 p.m. -- LVMPD Traffic Officers begin clearing all vehicular traffic off Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road.

6:45 p.m. -- Las Vegas Boulevard along with all inbound roads leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard are fully closed to vehicle traffic.

6:45 – 7 p.m. -- All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will be shut off.

Approximately 6:45 p.m. -- Las Vegas Boulevard fully opens to pedestrian traffic.

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12 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. -- Fireworks show takes place on the Strip and Fremont Street

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Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) Re-opening Information:

Approximately 12:15 a.m. -- All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will resume operation.

Approximately 1:30 a.m. -- All celebrations normally subside. Barricade removal begins.

Approximately 2 a.m. -- Street sweepers begin clean up, working from South to North.

Approximately 3:30 a.m. – Reopening of off-ramps from I-15 onto Eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP/NDOT begins. All other streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road will begin re-opening.

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DRIVING ALTERNATIVES IN LAS VEGAS:

LAS VEGAS MONORAIL
The Las Vegas Monorail will be the only motorized method of transportation operating along the Las Vegas Strip for New Year’s Eve. It will operate continuously from 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 through the entire New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020) and until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, for a total of 43 straight hours.

Locals can purchase $1 single-ride tickets at customer service booths located at every station (except the Las Vegas Convention Center) from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 with proof of Nevada I.D. For out-of-town guests, regularly priced tickets are $5 for a single ride and unlimited-ride passes are available for 24 hours, two days, three days and more beginning at $13.

RTC BUSES
The Regional Transportation Commission will be offering free rides on all of its transit routes on New Year's Eve. The free rides will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 9 a.m. New Year's Day.

The free rides include express transit services between RTC operated park-and-ride facilities and partner lots located across the valley. Those celebrating New Year’s Eve can take advantage of the facilities, where it is free to park, to avoid the holiday traffic. Transit service to both the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas is offered at the following RTC operated park & ride facilities:

· SOUTH: South Strip Transit Terminal (6675 S. Gilespie St.) via the Strip and Downtown Express (SDX) and Maryland Parkway Route 109.

· NORTHWEST: Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride (7313 Grand Montecito Pkwy.) via the Centennial Express (CX)

· WEST: Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride (25 S. Durango Dr.) via the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX)

In addition to free transit service, the RTC is making transit even more convenient for the holiday by adding service. In addition to the thirteen RTC routes that regularly run 24/7, several other routes will run on a 24-hour schedule or with extended hours, including the Strip and Downtown Express (SDX) service, which will run from midnight to 3:30 a.m.

LYFT DISCOUNT
The Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities is increasing efforts to eliminate impaired driving with the announcement of new partners and an unprecedented pledge of $300,000 in free ride credit for high volume consumption holidays throughout 2020. New and existing users can receive up to $5 off two rides anywhere via Lyft in Las Vegas with code “LASNYE” from Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. through Jan. 1 at 4 p.m., while supplies last.

FREE RIDES WITH LEXNA
LEXNA is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and offering free rides in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. Simply call 1-800-395-3962.

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Road closure information comes from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Road closure times are approximate and subject to change without notice.