One of the most disruptive road closures associated with the construction of the Las Vegas Grand Prix circuit is set to commence this week. Over the next few weeks, a massive temporary vehicular bridge will be erected over Koval Lane on Flamingo Road and the intersection will undergo partial and complete road closures until October 25 to facilitate installation.
Drivers are advised to steer clear of the Flamingo and Koval area as the bridge is being constructed in phases. According to data from the Nevada Department of Transportation, approximately 52,000 vehicles pass through this intersection on a daily basis.
“The temporary vehicular bridges are a special feature for the Las Vegas Grand Prix,” said Terry Miller of Miller Project Management, who leads infrastructure work tied to the race. “Unlike many other city circuits where Formula One has events, we don’t have a lot of overpasses in this corridor that allows traffic to move freely over the main circuit area. So we have to build the overpasses.”
Work began on October 8 with the closure of the western part of Flamingo Road leading up to the Koval intersection and the entrance to the Westin Hotel. During this closure, both eastbound and westbound traffic on Flamingo Road was halted, and this continued until 9 p.m. on Monday.
This four-lane, 760-foot structure will enable authorized traffic, primarily hotel employees and guests with valid credentials, to cross over the race track when races are in progress. When the track is not in use, the bridge will be open to all traffic, along with the regular lanes on Flamingo Road. During non-race hours, drivers on Flamingo will be able to bypass the traffic signal at the intersection by using the bridge.
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