Upwards of 300,000 people are expected to celebrate New Year’s in Las Vegas, with many of them welcoming in 2015 on the Las Vegas Strip. To help make the event safer for travelers, the Nevada Department of Transportation and other local partners will restrict vehicle access on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay. In addition, I-15 southbound and northbound on-ramps and off-ramps will be closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Spring Mountain Road, Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue. Motorists can enter and exit I-15 at Sahara and at Russell Road. Additionally, vehicle access will be restricted at the following locations:

• Las Vegas Boulevard northbound at Mandalay Bay.
• Las Vegas Boulevard southbound at Sahara.
• Tropicana Avenue westbound at Koval Lane.
• Tropicana Avenue eastbound at Industrial/Dean Martin
• Flamingo Road eastbound at Valley View Boulevard
• The right lane on Sahara eastbound at I-15 will have one
lane closed to allow a dedicated turn lane from the off-ramp
at I-15 northbound to Sahara eastbound.

Ramp restrictions will be lifted between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, or at the discretion of the Joint Operations Center in the Freeway Arterial System of Transportation. Escalators at Tropicana and the Strip will be shut down from 2 p.m., Dec. 31 to 2 a.m., Jan. 1. Visitors are encouraged to use the stairs or the elevators. Prior to midnight, all stairs and escalators will be barricaded and elevators will be stopped as bridge access will be restricted to pedestrians.