Overcoming traffic delays and closures during Formula 1 race week

Overcoming traffic delays and closures during Formula 1 race week

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The countdown to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas is almost over. The first training will be just days away, on Thursday 16 November.

With race week comes numerous road closures and changes in how people move around the Strip. Most closures will not begin until F1 officials test the track on Wednesday.

There is one full shutdown currently active. Koval Lane between E. Harmon and Rochelle Streets will be completely closed between now and November 25.

All race day closures are on schedule, primarily impacting overnight traffic. The closures affect the eastbound lane on E. Harmon and Sands streets under Las Vegas Blvd. And Koval won’t.

Here is a breakdown of each race day.

  • Thursday, November 16: Rehearsals from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and 12 to 1 a.m.
  • Friday, November 17: Practice from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and qualifying from 12 to 1 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 18: Racing starts at 10 p.m

The entire trail and all trail entrances will be closed for all three nights. Road closures begin at 5 p.m., with roads closing at 7 p.m. These roads will begin reopening at 2 a.m. and will be fully open by 4 a.m. the next morning.
The entire track and all track entrances will also be closed Wednesday morning from 12-6am and Wednesday night from 11pm-6am the following morning.

Road closures include:

  • Las Vegas Blvd. From the Doctor’s fashion show to Aria Pl.
  • Sands Avenue from Mille Torme to Howard Hughes Pkwy.
  • Mount Spring Road eastbound. Exit ramps on I-15.
  • Flamingo Road, from West Las Vegas Blvd. To Koval will not.
  • Flamingo Road East. Exit ramps on I-15.
  • Harmon Street. From Las Vegas Blvd. To Koval will not.
  • Koval won’t. From Topgolf to Sands Ave.

According to Formula 1, there will also be additional reduced lanes and potential closures on the roads surrounding the track. Formula 1 officials say you should expect traffic delays and advise people to avoid the area if possible.
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“We encourage everyone coming to the circuit to use the monorail wherever possible to access the various stations,” said Vanessa Anthes, F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix vice president of event operations.

F1 also has rideshare stations at the Virgin Hotels and Hughes Center, but all casino parking will be open, and off-Strip parking will be available.

With all this increase in traffic, Formula 1 officials are also advising people who do not need to travel to the Strip this weekend to stay away.

“If guests don’t have a ticket or a specific destination, this may not be the best place to come on the weekend,” Anthes said.

On race days, pedestrian bridges will remain open, and all vehicle bridges will remain open if you have a race ticket or proof of your stay at one of the resorts.

To help overcome traffic delays, the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix has released its mobile app that gives you turn-by-turn navigation from your location to the hospitality suite, grandstand or fan zone. It gives walking and driving directions.

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