LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The unofficial end of summer is bringing with it thousands of extra cars on southern Nevada's roads, and it could be the valley's first real test on new infrastructure.
"We anticipate heavy traffic along the 15 and the resort corridor," says Tony Illia, the spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Heavy Las Vegas Valley Labor Day Traffic Expected Aug. 30-Sept. 2 https://t.co/nsPwxmOG8H #VegasTraffic @CityOfLasVegas @cityofhenderson @CNLV @ClarkCountyNV @RTCSNV @LVMPD_Traffic @NHPSouthernComm @DTLVAlliance @PJE_NVTrucks @lvchamber @LVCVA @News3LV @FOX5Vegas @FOX5Photogs pic.twitter.com/hK7q5kbi2K— Nevada DOT (@nevadadot) August 27, 2019
According to NDOT, over 300,000 visitors are expected in the valley for Labor Day weekend, and about 60% of them will be driving here. That means if you're driving on any valley road, you could be sharing the road with mainly visitors and see about three times as many drivers as you normally do.
The unofficial final weekend of summer is approaching. @nevadadot is out with its #LaborDay holiday projections, its expecting more than 300,000 visitors in the Las #Vegas Valley, at least 60% of them driving. #VegasTraffic 🚗🚓#LaborDay2019 pic.twitter.com/d4CDZYfOgK— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) August 27, 2019
A lot of those visitors will be driving on improved roads and see new additions. With Project Neon's recent completion, this weekend will be the first real test of how the valley's busiest roadways can hold up with extra traffic flow.
"We'll be monitoring all the roadways, and take note to see what's working, what's not working and plan accordingly," says Illia.
The busiest travel times are expected to be Friday afternoon, between 1-4 p.m., and Monday morning between 7-10 a.m.