Interstate 515, Future Interstate 11, and U.S. 93-95 North
Future Interstate 515 (Interstate 11) and U.S. 93-95/Boulder Highway north
After their merge west of Boulder City, northbound U.S. 93-95 (Future Interstate 515 and more-distant Future Interstate 11) proceed past a mileage sign that lists the distances to downtown Henderson, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas. The federal highways ascend toward Railroad Pass (elevation 2,373 feet above sea level) in the distance ahead. Photos taken 10/19/04, 10/24/03, and 11/12/00.
The Railroad Pass Hotel-Casino is located here, and it is currently accessible by a traffic light. Current plans call for this to be replaced with an interchange as part of the upgrade to U.S. 93-95 to Interstate standards. Railroad Pass is the last pass before entering the Las Vegas Basin. Photo taken 11/12/00.
The only traffic light on U.S. 93-95 between Boulder City and Las Vegas is located at the intersection with the driveway into the Railroad Pass Casino. This situation will change with the construction of the Boulder City bypass, which is currently slated to replace this driveway intersection with an interchange. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound U.S. 93-95 meets the driveway into the Railroad Pass Hotel Casino resort. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Leaving Railroad Pass, northbound U.S. 93-95 becomes a freeway alignment and transitions directly onto Interstate 515 in Henderson. The entire Las Vegas Basin is visible from this vantage point, including the tall buildings at the Strip and in downtown. The Stratosphere tower marks the approximate location of the south edge of the city of Las Vegas (south of downtown), while the cluster of buildings to the left (in unincorporated Winchester and Paradise) is the Las Vegas Strip. Photo taken 11/12/00.
Interstate 515 (Future Interstate 11) and U.S. 93-95 north
U.S. 93 & 95 (Boulder Highway) near the transition into Interstate 515 northbound. The tandem travel through Railroad Pass ahead of the one-mile approach to Exit 56A (Wagonwheel Drive east / Nevada State Drive south). Pictured here is a guide sign listing the first three Interstate 515 exits. Photo taken 10/19/04.
The first seven exits of Interstate 515 serve the city of Henderson: Exit 56A, 56B, 57, 59, 61, 64, and 65. The city of Henderson has a population of 175,381 as of the 2000 Census. That population total makes Henderson the second largest city in the state, larger than Reno but smaller than Las Vegas. Henderson was incorporated on April 16, 1953, and consists of 79.7 square miles. Photos taken 10/24/03 and 11/12/00.
The first mileage sign along northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 is actually just prior to the "begin" shield for Interstate 515. Exit 56A is Wagonwheel Drive, followed by Exit 56B, Boulder Highway/Nevada 582. Photo taken 10/19/04.
This BEGIN Interstate 515 north shield assembly is posted along northbound U.S. 93-95. The Nevada Department of Transportation signs the beginning and end points of Interstate 515 at this point very well. The freeway bends west here, and the old road (Boulder Highway) continues straight ahead into the city. Boulder Highway used to carry U.S. 93, 95, and 466 into Las Vegas. It was at one time a desert road; now it is a suburban thoroughfare from Henderson into downtown Las Vegas. Photo taken 11/12/00.
A second look at the BEGIN Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 northbound shield assembly pictured above. The freeway upgrades ahead of the Exit 56A diamond interchange. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 reaches Exit 56A, Nevada State Drive/Wagonwheel Drive (Nevada 582). Nevada State Drive heads south to Nevada State College. Wagonwheel Drive proceeds east into residential areas to Foothills Drive. Interstate 515 carries the exit numbers of U.S. 95 at this point, and that is largely due to the fact that U.S. 95 was the primary route before Interstate 515 was created in the mid-1990s. However, there is always speculation that Interstate 515 is intended to continue south from this point toward Laughlin, but no plans in that direction have been made. Photo taken 10/19/04.
A directional ramp departs Interstate 515 & U.S. 93-95 northbound for Nevada 582 (Boulder Highway) northbound via Exit 56B. Nevada 582 represents the former business route for U.S. 93-95 through Henderson. Use Boulder Highway north for the Clark County Museum. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 at Exit 56B, Junction Nevada 582/Boulder Highway. Boulder Highway is the business route through Henderson and preceded the freeway as the primary route toward Boulder City and Laughlin. Photo taken 10/24/03.
The upcoming exits sign pictured above was updated to reflect the name change of Lake Mead Drive to Lake Mead Parkway. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaching Exit 57, College Drive, one-half mile. College Drive spurs 2.7 miles south from Nevada 582 (Boulder Highway) to Horizon Drive, Interstate 515, and Paradise Hills Drive. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Interstate 515 & U.S. 93-95 northbound at the Exit 57 diamond interchange with College Drive. College Drive provides a direct route toward downtown Henderson. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Neutered Interstate 515 & U.S. 93-95 northbound reassurance shields posted beyond the Exit 57 on-ramp from College Drive. Sound walls appear frequently along the freeway throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 for Exit 59, Horizon Drive; Exit 61, Lake Mead Drive (Junction Nevada 564 to Interstate 215); and Exit 64, Junction Nevada 562/Sunset Road. Again note the name change of Lake Mead Drive to Parkway. Photos taken 10/24/03 & 10/19/04.
One half mile east of the Exit 59 diamond interchange with Horizon Drive. Horizon Drive travels east-west 2.3 miles between Horizon Ridge Parkway and Boulder Highway at Racetrack Road. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Interstate 595 & U.S. 93-95 turn northwest at the Horizon Road interchange. Horizon Ridge Parkway straddles the southern reaches of Henderson between Mission Drive and Eastern Avenue. The road parallels Interstate 515 closely from Horizon Road northward toward Exit 61. Photo taken 10/19/04.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 61, which serves as the exit to both Nevada 564/Lake Mead Drive (Former Nevada 146) and Westbound Interstate 215. A new freeway-to-freeway interchange is currently under construction here, but current facility provides a temporary connection. The older photos show the same interchange with the older Nevada 146 designation. Nevada 146 was truncated west of here as a result of a significant overlap with Interstate 215. Since Nevada dislikes overlaps (there are only a handful of them in the state, and those are between two U.S. routes), Nevada 146 east of Interstate 215 was renumbered as Nevada 564. First photo taken 10/24/03; second photo taken 11/12/00.
The city of Las Vegas sprawls out over the northern horizon on Interstate 515 & U.S. 93-95 north as it completes its descent from Railroad Pass. Highrises and the Stratosphere Tower lie in the foreground; the Spring Mountains lie beyond. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaches Exit 61, Junction Interstate 215/Las Vegas Beltway west and Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east, one mile. This new guide sign was posted after the completion of the Interstate 215 & 515 stack interchange in 2006. Check out the NDOT Beltway Interchange Web site for more information on the new freeway-to-freeway interchange. Photo taken 04/02/06.
This mileage sign along northbound Interstate 515, which features distances to the next three exits, was changed once the new Interstate 215 interchange was completed in 2006. The next exit is Exit 61, Junction Interstate 215 and Junction Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway, followed by Exit 64, Junction Nevada 562/Sunset Road; and Exit 65, Russell Road. Photos taken 10/24/03 and 10/19/04.
A new upcoming exits mileage sign is posted a half-mile before Exit 61 along northbound Interstate 515. The next four exits are: Exit 61, Junction Interstate 215/Las Vegas Beltway west and Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east; Exit 62, Auto Show Drive (omitted from the sign); Exit 64, Junction 562/Sunset Road; and Exit 65, Russell Road. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Prior to the sign shown in the previous photobox, these photos show the former Exit 61 signs at the half-mile point. Between 2000 and 2003, the advance signs were modified to reflect the change in state route number from Nevada 146 to Nevada 564 to match the Lake Mead Parkway (formerly Lake Mead Drive) designation through Henderson. Construction of the 215-515 interchange occurred between 2003 and 3006. The dynamic of this interchange changed dramatically with the construction of the freeway-to-freeway ramps between the two Interstates. This interchange was modified considerably to allow for movements in all directions to the freeway and to surface streets. First photo taken 10/24/03; second photo taken 11/12/00.
Use Exit 61, Junction Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and to Lake Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Interstate 215 travels west toward McCarran International Airport and the south end of the Las Vegas Strip before transitioning onto Clark County Route 215/Las Vegas Beltway west. Photo taken 04/02/06.
The left three lanes continue north on Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95. The right two lanes connect to Exit 61, Junction Interstate 215/Bruce Woodbury Las Vegas Beltway west and Junction Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Next up is a look at the former overhead for Nevada 564 (Lake Mead Parkway) to Interstate 215 west from 2004. Note the exit-only placard added and the flyover ramps in the background. Nevada 564 spurs 8.224 miles east from Interstate 215 and Interstate 515 to Lake Mead Recreation Area. The state highway crosses paths with Nevada 582 (Boulder Highway) in 1.75 miles. Photo taken 10/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 reaches Exit 61, Junction Interstate 215/Bruce Woodbury Las Vegas Beltway west and Junction Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The next exit along northbound is Exit 62, Auto Show Drive, followed by Exit 64, Sunset Road. Photo taken 04/02/06.
These photos from 2003 and 2004 show the older configuration of Exit 61 before Interstate 215 was completed in 2006. The exit ramp used to depart Interstate 515 & U.S. 93-95 northbound for Nevada 564 (Lake Mead Parkway) eastbound. Interstate 215 westbound motorists must travel the ramp and make a left-hand turn at the signal below. Construction of the Exit 61 high-speed flyover ramps is near completion as of September 2005. One ramp will provide a direct connection to Interstate 215 westbound. Photos taken 10/24/03 and 10/19/04.
Now looking at the offramp for Exit 61, the first right connects to Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway east to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The left lane on the offramp connects to Interstate 215 west. Photo taken 04/02/06.
This view shows the overhead signs on the transition ramp for Exit 61, including the Nevada 564/Lake Mead Parkway exit and the Interstate 215 connection. Photo taken 04/02/06.
This suite of photos shows northbound Interstate 515 as the freeway passes through the Interstate 215 and Nevada 564 interchange in Henderson. Photos taken 04/02/06.
The next exit along Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 north is Exit 62, Auto Show Drive. Photo taken 04/02/06.
The right lane of Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 north becomes exit only for Exit 62, Auto Show Drive. This is a newer exit that was added in 2006. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 reaches Exit 62, Auto Show Drive. Photo taken 04/02/06.
The next exit along Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 north is Exit 64, Junction Nevada 562/Sunset Road, one mile. Photos taken 04/02/06 and 10/24/03.
An Interstate 515 (bubble shield!) and U.S. 93-95 north reassurance shield assembly is posted soon thereafter. Photo taken 04/02/06.
A decorative overpass for Auto Show Drive is found soon thereafter. The collector-distributor lanes from the Interstate 215 and Nevada 564 interchange prepare to merge onto Interstate 515. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaches Exit 64, Junction Nevada 562/Sunset Road. The following exits are Exit 65, Russell Road, and Exit 68, Nevada 593/Tropicana Avenue. Note the addition of high-mast lighting to the freeway between 2003 and 2006. Photos taken 04/02/06 and 10/24/03.
Another "bubble" shield for Interstate 515 along with U.S. 93 and U.S. 95 is posted after traffic merges onto the freeway. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 reaches Exit 64, Junction Nevada 562/Sunset Road. A full array of services, including restaurants, shopping, gas, and lodging, may be found at Exit 64 (Sunset Road). This includes one of our favorite roadside eateries, In-n-Out Burger, along with a major shopping center called the Galleria at Sunset. Photo taken 04/02/06.
A traffic signal awaits at the base of the ramp from Interstate 515 north to Nevada 562/Sunset Road. Photo taken 04/02/06.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 is Exit 65, Russell Road, one mile. Photo taken 10/24/03.
This mileage sign features the distance for the next three exits: Exit 65 to Russell Road; Exit 68 to Nevada 593/Tropicana Avenue; and Exit 69 to Nevada 592/Flamingo Road. Note the use of solar panels to provide electricity to light these signs at night. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 at Exit 65, Russell Road. Russell Road is another east-west arterial, but it ends at the airport boundary (Junction Nevada 171), well before reaching the Strip. Photo taken 10/24/03.
After Exit 65, there is one shield assembly along northbound that omits the U.S. 93 and U.S. 95 shields. Considering how many shield assemblies there are on Interstate 515, it is impressive that Nevada DOT only missed this one. Of course, many locals refer to this freeway as U.S. 95 rather than Interstate 515, so having those U.S. shields helps the road to keep its multiple identities. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Nevada 593/Tropicana Avenue serves more than just the Strip. It also passes right by the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), which is the largest university in the Silver State. It has innumerable degree programs, and it is a member of the Mountain West Conference for football, basketball, and many other collegiate sports. UNLV is perhaps most famous for its basketball program, which was a perennial powerhouse under the reign of Jerry Tarkanian. Photo taken 10/24/03.
In addition, Nevada 593/Tropicana Avenue is the second-best route to the McCarran International Airport, which serves as Southern Nevada's primary airport and is a hub for many airlines. The best route to the airport from the east is via Interstate 215 and Nevada 171. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 at Exit 68, Junction Nevada 593/Tropicana Avenue. Tropicana Avenue is arguably the best route to the Las Vegas Strip from the east, and it meets several major casinos at its intersection with Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard. An elevated walkway funnels pedestrians between each of the casinos on each corner of this major intersection: MGM Grand, New York New York, Excalibur, and Tropicana. In addition, the Las Vegas Monorail has connections from Tropicana Avenue to other nearby casinos. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Mileage sign along northbound for the upcoming exits: Exit 69, Junction Nevada 592/Flamingo Road; Exit 70, Junction Nevada 582/Boulder Highway; and Exit 72, Junction Nevada 159/Charleston Boulevard. Several of these roads may be taken west to reach the Strip and Downtown. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Nevada 592 is Flamingo Road, which crosses the valley from Nevada 582/Boulder Highway west to Nevada 595/Rainbow Boulevard, passing through the Strip and south of downtown. At its intersection with Las Vegas Boulevard, Flamingo Road meets popular casinos such as Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Bally's, Imperial Palace, and Paris Las Vegas. The new Las Vegas Monorail (connecting downtown with the Strip) passes over Flamingo Road as it approaches the Strip. Photo taken 10/24/03.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 is Exit 70, Junction Nevada 582/Boulder Highway, 1.5 miles. Through Henderson and East Las Vegas, Nevada 582 remained east of the freeway. From Exit 70 northwest to downtown, the Boulder Highway remains west of the freeway. Boulder Highway changes into Fremont Street northwest of here, and the road carries its Nevada 582 designation as far northwest as Maryland Parkway. The Fremont Street Experience is straight ahead in downtown, and it is a popular gathering place for gambling and nightlife. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Along northbound, Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 are well signed with all three shields placed prominently with large numerals. This assembly is located after Exit 69. From Exit 70 (Boulder Highway) north to Interstate 15, most of Interstate 515 rests on a viaduct. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaches Exit 70, Junction Nevada 582, Boulder Highway, one-quarter mile. Use this exit to reach Nevada 589/Sahara Avenue, which connects to the north end of the Strip and serves attractions such as the Guiness Book of World Records, the Adventuredome, the Las Vegas Hilton's Star Trek Experience (via southbound Paradise Road), Wet N' Wild, and the Las Vegas Country Club. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Prior to the completion of the U.S. 93-95 freeway, Boulder Highway was the original route for U.S. 93-95 (and U.S. 466 prior to 1972). Immediately after the freeway was constructed, Boulder Highway was designated as a business route for U.S. 93-95, but that designation was removed at about the same time that Interstate 515 was commissioned (1995). This sign shows that the business shields were removed. Nevertheless, Boulder Highway remains in the state system and is unsigned Nevada 582. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaching Exit 72, Junction Nevada 159, Charleston Boulevard, one and a half miles. Photo taken 10/24/03.
The views of the valley and Mt. Charleston in the distance (the peak is at elevation 11,918 feet, while the valley floor is approximately 2,025 feet) dominate on the elevated viaduct that carries Interstate 515 through the basin. The next three exits are Exit 72, Junction Nevada 159/Charleston Boulevard; Exit 73, Junction Nevada 607/Eastern Avenue; and Exit 75, Junction Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard. Of these three roads, only Nevada 159 is east-west; the other two routes are north-south, thus illustrating the northeastern angle Interstate 515 takes en route to downtown. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 reach Exit 72, Junction Nevada 159/Charleston Boulevard. Nevada 159 starts its westerly journey at Nevada 612/Nellis Boulevard, then heads through downtown and then into the western fringes of the valley via Charleston Boulevard. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 continue on a viaduct as the freeway approaches downtown. The next exit is Exit 73, Junction Nevada 607/Eastern Avenue. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 for Exit 73, Junction Nevada 607/Eastern Avenue; Exit 75, Junction Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard; and Exits 76A-B, Junction Interstate 15. Interstate 515 now enters the city of Las Vegas. The name "Las Vegas" is a Spanish word that translates to "the meadows" in English. The city was established in 1905 and incorporated as a city in 1911. When gambling was legalized in Las Vegas in March 1931, the city began its inexorable growth. In 2000, the official Census population was 478,434 people within the city of Las Vegas. This excludes the heavily populated unincorporated areas of Clark County, including the popular Las Vegas Strip south of downtown. The population really has grown in the city of Las Vegas. In 1960, the city only had 64,205 residents; with the population explosion, Las Vegas grew to a city of 368,360 by 1995, an increase of 97.6% from its 1985 population. This population growth may be attributed to several factors, including the modern convenience of air conditioning to counteract hot, dry air in the desert; the growth of the gambling industry; the migration of thousands to the western Sun Belt; and the repositioning of Las Vegas as an international destination. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 at Exit 73, Junction Nevada 607/Eastern Avenue. Nevada 607 follows Eastern Avenue from Nevada 589/Sahara Avenue north to Nevada 574/Cheyenne Avenue. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Unlike most downtown areas, the skyline most associated with Las Vegas is not the skyline of downtown; it is the skyline of the Las Vegas Strip, which is not even in the city of Las Vegas. The actual downtown skyline is visible in this photo as Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approach Exit 75, Las Vegas Boulevard (Nevada 604/former U.S. 91). Photo taken 10/24/03.
U.S. 93-95 reappear on this shield assembly on the viaduct approaching Exit 75, Las Vegas Boulevard (Junction Nevada 604). Nevada 604 (together with Nevada 601, Main Street) is the original alignment of U.S. 91 through Las Vegas. At this point, old U.S. 466 would have departed south toward downtown and the Strip along with U.S. 91. The freeway remains on this elevated alignment through the downtown area until it reaches the Spaghetti Bowl interchange with Interstate 15 (Exits 76A-B). Photo taken 10/24/03.
This mileage sign is a bit unusual for Nevada because it utilizes a regular Interstate 15 shield on it. Most mileage signs in Nevada feature a text description of the pending route rather than a shield. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 at Exit 75, Junction Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard. Exiting the freeway south on Las Vegas Boulevard leads to downtown Las Vegas, including the Fremont Experience. Photo taken 10/24/03.
Northbound Interstate 515 and U.S. 93-95 approaching Exits 76A-B-C, Junction Interstate 15 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 10/24/03.
This is the last shield assembly featuring Interstate 515; unlike the southern terminus, there is no "END" shield present. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Signage for northbound Interstate 515 disappears as the freeway reaches the Spaghetti Bowl interchange, which is the busiest interchange in Las Vegas. U.S. 95 takes the through traffic left lanes toward the northwest; U.S. 93 turns northeast on Interstate 15; and the right lane connects to southbound Interstate 15. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Interstate 15 south (Exit 76A) is the first exit for the Spaghetti Bowl interchange; this exit provides a generally fast route to the Las Vegas Strip and the airport. In addition, Interstate 15 south crosses the Mojave Desert en route to Southern California (with connections to Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego). Interstate 515, U.S. 93, and U.S. 95 remain together until the next exit ramp, Exit 76B. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Even with the recently completed improvements to the Spaghetti Bowl interchange (shown here, at the gore point with Exit 76A), improvements are still being considered to expand capacity on U.S. 95 northwest of here. U.S. 95 is one of the valley's busiest commuter routes. Photo taken 10/24/03.
U.S. 93 exits off northbound Interstate 515 and merges onto northbound Interstate 15 at Exit 76B; U.S. 93 continues north along the eastern spine of Nevada to enter the heart of the Great Basin. U.S. 95, meanwhile, continues north as a freeway to serve the northwestern quadrant of the metropolitan area, with connections to the Las Vegas Beltway (Clark County Route 215) and the Summerlin Parkway. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Interstate 515 (Future Interstate 11) and U.S. 95 north
The last exit from northbound Interstate 515 is Exit 76C, Martin Luther King Boulevard; the exit ramp is located beneath the maze of flyover ramps that constitute the Spaghetti Bowl. As noted in this picture, the first exit along northbound U.S. 95 is Exit 77, Junction Business U.S. 95/Nevada 599, Rancho Drive. Exit 76C marks the northern terminus of Interstate 515. Photo taken 10/24/03.
At Exit 76C, the main lanes of Interstate 15 pass over U.S. 95. The left three lanes carry the federal route west to Summerlin Parkway interchange, then turns northwest toward Indian Springs, Beatty, and Tonopah. Photo taken 10/24/03.
A tangle of overpasses and flyover ramps make this interchange the Spaghetti Bowl. There is no END Interstate 515 shield assembly. From here, continue north on U.S. 95. Photo taken 10/24/03.