Labor Day traffic in Las Vegas could be first test on increased traffic flow after completion of Project Neon

Over 300,000 extra vehicles expected on valley's roads
Posted at 8:58 AM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 12:11:03-04

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.

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.

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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.

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The busiest travel times are expected to be Friday afternoon, between 1-4 p.m., and Monday morning between 7-10 a.m.