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May 24, 2015

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Airport connector tunnel continues to bring lane closures

Airport tunnel work

Work in the airport connector tunnel is proceeding faster than expected, so some lane closures have ended, but others closures are beginning.

Crews have been replacing ceiling-mounted signs in the northbound tunnel. The main portion of that work is complete, so the nightly lane closures have ended, McCarran International Airport spokesman Chris Jones said.

Those lanes in the northbound tunnel will be reduced again for one or two nights in the next couple of weeks, but the exact dates have not been determined, Jones said.

But the work has shifted to the southbound tunnel, where lanes will be closed at night beginning Sunday and continuing for about two weeks.

During the work periods, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights, the southbound tunnel will be reduced to one lane, which will use the shoulder of the road.

While the tunnel project is ahead of schedule, a separate project on airport roads just north of the tunnel is not proceeding as fast as expected, Jones said.

That project will continue to force northbound traffic coming out of the tunnel to a detour on some nights for the next month.

And from Monday to Jan. 30, traffic approaching the tunnel from the Las Vegas Beltway or George Crockett Road will see lane reductions from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Friday each week. This lane closure will allow crews to install new dynamic message signs, Jones said.

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