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What is “Dropicana”?


If you have been browsing the Las Vegas news lately, you probably have been hearing a lot about “Dropicana”. And that it starts this weekend.

Dropicana is the term being used by the Nevada Department of Transportation to explain what is happening over the next two weeks as they “drop” the I-15 and Tropicana overpass as well as the flyover. “Drop (Trop)icana” Get it?

They Are Doing What?

Yes, over the next two weeks, they are closing one of the most popular freeway overpasses to get in and out of the Las Vegas tourist corridor. Tropicana and Interstate 15. (I-15)

This work will include the actual closure of the I-15 for three days. That should make traveling around the Las Vegas Strip interesting!

According to the Nevada DOT: The westbound ramp will be closed for nine months, while the eastbound flyover will be closed for 18 months while they rebuild the flyovers!

All this construction is on top of all the road construction they are doing on Las Vegas Boulevard and the side streets. Making your Uber/taxi ride longer and for locals, it will just be a mess as the traffic finds other ways to get around this project.

In the end, (in 24 months) this will mean more lanes, exit lanes, and more bypass lanes to move traffic around better and maybe even faster. (we can hope)

Side note: All this road construction will cause lane changes and closures on the I-15 as well as the side roads for the next 24 months. That means impacting travel and traffic during the F1 Grand Prix Races in November and the Super Bowl next February! Nice, isn’t it??

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The Finished Product / NDOT

Closing I-15

On Friday, Jan. 27, crews will begin a full closure of I-15 North and South that will last nearly three days, beginning Friday, Jan. 27 night at 10 p.m.

I-15 will be closed from Flamingo Road in the north to Russell Road in the South. Both directions are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.

Thankfully there are no Major events planned for the next two weeks at T-Mobile Arena or Alligent Stadium.

Need More Info as well as the schedule of closures? Visit the website i15trop.com