Watch out driving anywhere near the university in the afternoon and evening of October 19th. Extra police presence is likely to bring in additional officers looking for any suspicious or illegal activity on the roads. That includes things like speeding or suspected DUI in Las Vegas. Also watch out for traffic jams that could additionally cause you to want to or even need to speed around to try to find your way through. And that, friends, is because on October 19, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will be hosting a presidential debate. The debate will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center. The issues with traffic flow and perhaps more saliently the Secret Service closures of roads to allow “protected” individuals to get through to and from the debate center. From the Las Vegas Metro Press Release:
“This event will cause periodic restrictions on Las Vegas valley roadways. Closures are anticipated to occur intermittently between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the following areas:
- I-15 Southbound from Sahara Ave. to I-215 Eastbound through the airport connector (tunnel) to Russell Rd.
- Russell Rd. Eastbound and Westbound from McCarran International Airport to Maryland Pkwy.
- Maryland Pkwy. Northbound and Southbound from Russell Rd. to Tropicana Ave.
- Tropicana Ave. Westbound from Maryland Pkwy. to Swenson St.
- Swenson St. Northbound and Southbound from Naples Drive to Tropicana Ave.
These intermittent closures will affect access to McCarran International Airport. Recommended route to the airport from the East side of the valley is Westbound Flamingo Rd. to Southbound Paradise Rd. and into the airport. Recommended route from the West side of the valley is Tropicana Ave. Eastbound to Paradise Rd. Southbound and into the airport. Citizens traveling to the airport during this time period should expect delays and plan accordingly. Please be advised the above information is subject to change.”
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