With the 30-day mandated closure of hotel-casino properties in Nevada, it’s opened the Strip up for the perfect opportunity for more roadwork to be done in the absence of vehicle traffic and the endless tourists walking up and down Las Vegas Boulevard.
Clark County officials are using this time to expand roadwork hours to include day and night work along the resort corridor and on two big projects going right now.
“This change will give our contractors more flexibility in their own scheduling, and hopefully allow them to complete these projects on time or sooner,” Denis Cederburg, County Public Works Director, said in a statement. “Working daytime hours should result in higher production rates during a shift.”
County officials say the expanded roadwork hours may have Las Vegas Boulevard down to one lane in each direction between Spring Mountain Rd. and Sahara to accommodate the construction.
In the past, major lane restrictions would typically only take place during overnight hours as it’s not easy to redirect or impose on the rhythms of daytime traffic.
Koval Lane from Tropicana Avenue to Sands Avenue could also see a one-lane redirection to accommodate road projects.
Las Vegas Boulevard Projects
Current projects on Las Vegas Boulevard include the installation of new pavement, replacement of a water main line, improved pedestrian crossing including intersection updates, technology upgrades to traffic signal systems, smart pole lighting, LED lighting in various pockets, and median landscape upgrades.
These enhancements are slated to be completed by Summer 2021, with the casino closures allowing the opportunity for more progress to be made, especially with the aid of daylight hours.
Project improvements to the Koval area of Las Vegas Boulevard include repaving and adding a third turn lane of traffic that will go from Koval northbound to westbound Sands. These updates are scheduled to be completed by June.
The Strip is Quiet in the Wake of Casino Closures
On Friday, the Las Vegas Strip looks much different from what you would normally see on a typical Friday. Instead of hoards of tourists on a bustling Las Vegas Boulevard, there’s only a handful of pedestrians and modest traffic in sight.
Those on the Las Vegas Strip who experienced it “going dark” on Wednesday night, took to social media outlets like Twitter to document the uncommon scene.
One twitter user, @emziety, documented the peculiar sight by posting a video of mild traffic and a Strip absent of tourists:
“Yesterday was the day the Las Vegas Strip went quiet. Never in my life did I think I’d see it so deserted. Eerie.”
Yesterday was the day the Las Vegas Strip went quiet. Never in my life did I think I’d see it so deserted. Eerie.#LasVegasStrip #Coronavirus #LasVegasLockdown
— EMBERLY (@emziety) March 19, 2020
Some marquee signs on the Strip, like the one on the STRAT, read: “Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay in Touch.” With other signs on the Aria reading “We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”
Here are more images of the eerily quiet strip documented by other Twitter users. One of the most “stark images” seen is the famed Bellagio lights going out. It’s been a sight unlike any other for a city that’s normally filled with crowds.
Scenes from “Sin City” — Vegas casinos shut down at midnight, the first total shutdown since November 1963. That lasted a day. This will last at least a month. The most stark image? The Bellagio goes lights out. (? by @casey_freelove) pic.twitter.com/l0mbEAS5WY
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 18, 2020
I hate this. It doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’m in a video game or something. Las Vegas is dark. Every casino empty. It feels like an apocalypse #covid19
I want normal again ? pic.twitter.com/6Dqx1OTr8K
— Evette (@eveperalta_) March 19, 2020
Never thought I’d ever see the Las Vegas strip empty pic.twitter.com/jLsWfH4oqs
— Jay T (@JayTinLV) March 18, 2020