Interstate 215 and Clark County 215 together form the Las Vegas/Bruce Woodbury Beltway. The Bruce Woodbury Beltway begins at an interchange with Interstate 515 and Nevada 564 in the southeast, then flows in a clockwise direction west to Interstate 15 and Durango Drive. From there, the beltway turns north, meeting Summerlin Parkway at its western most edge and U.S. 95 near the northwestern corner. The beltway ends at its junction with Interstate 15 northeast of Las Vegas.
The Interstate 215 portion of the Bruce Woodbury Beltway is currently only the southeast quadrant, between I-515 in Henderson and I-15 in the unincorporated community of Paradise near McCarran International Airport (LAS). It was completed in 2005 with the opening of the Interstates 215-515 interchange. The rest of the beltway is Clark County 215 because it was not constructed with state funds and was not built to Interstate standards.
As the Clark County 215 (CC-215) beltway is brought to Interstate standards, it may eventually be included in a future extension of I-215. This upgrade was previously scheduled for completion in 2013, but portions of the northern beltway remain at-grade.
Work through Fall 2018 upgraded the beltway to limited access standards from Craig Road to Hualapai Way. This project started in September 2015. Another $70 million project started late July 2018 converts CC-215 to a full freeway from east of 5th Street (Exit 46) to the Union Pacific rail crossing. Work on this segment of the beltway should wrap up by Spring 2020.2
The U.S. 95 Northwest Corridor Improvements Project upgrades and expands U.S. 95, with work started at CC-215 constructing a systems interchange. Named the Centennial Bowl, the second busiest interchange in Southern Nevada, is partially complete. Phase 3A work from August 2015 through Summer 2017 added a new flyover from CC-215 west to U.S. 95 south, and an at-grade ramp from U.S. 95 north to CC-215 east (completed in 2016). The $47 million, half mile bridge shuttling motorists from CC-215 west to U.S. 95 south debuted to traffic on July 12, 2017.1
Construction (Phase 3C) scheduled to begin in spring 2018 adds ramps from U.S. 95 to CC-215 west, U.S. 95 south to CC-215 east and from CC-215 east to U.S. 95 south. The $55 million project runs through 2020. Phase 3D/E, estimates at $110 million, will complete the systems interchange and upgrade CC-215 through the exchange into a six-lane freeway. Bids for the two-year beltway expansion project are expected in 2020 or later.1
Interstate 215 - Clark County Route 215 Guides
Interstate 215 was approved by AASHTO on April 17, 1993 over 18.9 miles of the proposed Las Vegas beltway, from Nevada 593 (Tropicana Avenue) southeast to U.S. 93 and U.S. 95 at Henderson. When it was first constructed in 1996, I-215 acted more like a spur route from Interstate 15 to McCarran International Airport (LAS), via the connection along Nevada 171 and the Airport Tunnel. Interstate 215 was opened to traffic between I-15 and Nevada 146 (St. Rose Parkway) south and Pecos Road north (Exit 6) by January 2001. Completion from Exit 6 east to Stephanie Street (Exit 3) followed by winter 2002. The final link in the original route opened from Stephanie Street east to Interstate 515 (Exit 1) later in 2005.
Construction of the Bruce Woodbury Beltway between St. Rose Parkway and Interstate 515 directly overlaid Lake Mead Parkway (Nevada 146). For a time, I-215 and Nevada 146 were cosigned; that duplication was eliminated by 2003, and the former alignment of Nevada 146 east of I-515 was recommissioned as Nevada 564.
Completion dates for the Las Vegas Beltway:
- Conversion of Nevada 564 (Lake Mead Drive), previously a four-lane arterial, from Interstate 515 west to Gibson Road into a six-lane freeway; construction completed in 2005.
- Interstate-standard freeway from Gibson Road (Exit 2) west to Interstate 15 (Exit 12) was constructed in stages between 1996 and 1999: Interstate 15 (Fish Bowl) to Nevada 171; Nevada 171 (Exit 10) to Pecos Road; Pecos Road (Exit 6) to Gibson Road.
- Interstate-standard from Interstate 15 (Fish Bowl) west to Decatur Boulevard (Exit 13), part of CC-215.
- At-grade frontage road system from Decatur Boulevard northwest to Tropicana Avenue (Exit 20), with wide median reserved for future freeway construction. CC-215 opened from Decatur Boulevard to Rainbow Boulevard on November 11, 1999.
- Decatur Boulevard to Buffalo Drive - conversion to freeway completed in late 2004
- Buffalo Drive to Tropicana Avenue - conversion to freeway completed in mid-2006
- Freeway-standard from Tropicana Avenue north to Cheyenne Avenue (Exit 30), completed with bridges and interchanges. On March 13, 2001, CC-215 opened between Sahara Avenue (Exit 25) and Charleston Boulevard. On March 27, 2001, it opened from Charleston Boulevard (Exit 26) to Summerlin Parkway (Exit 27). The beltway initially varied between freeway sections and at-grade intersections in the area between Tropicana Avenue and Cheyenne Avenue.
- As of mid-2003, CC-215 was completed as an at-grade expressway along the northern segment, with future provisions to upgrade the route to freeway standards.
With completion of the Fish Bowl interchange joining Interstates 15 and 215 with CC-215 west, signs until early 2002 displayed "Decatur Blvd to the Beltway West." Replacement signs included Clark County 215 shields. The loop ramp from I-215 west to Interstate 15 south was among the last of the ramps to open.
Exit numbers along the I-215 portion of the beltway, which increase from east to west, were renumbered:
- Exit 3 for Stephanie Street - former Exit 1
- Exit 6 for Pecos Road - former Exit 4
- Exit 10 for Airport Spur - former Exit 8
- Exit 12 for Interstate 15 - former Exit 10
The exit to Nevada 564 (Lake Mead Parkway) at the southeast end of Interstate 215 is unnumbered.
NDOT prepared conceptual plans with several proposed alignments of an eastern beltway for public input. Public response resulted in many preferring super arterials be built instead of an eastern beltway segment. High costs for right of way acquisition through dense residential and commercial areas also put the beltway concept out of reach financially.
A previous plan called for an eastern extension of the beltway by extending the freeway past Interstate 515 into Henderson. One of the three possible alignments outlined for the Interstate 11 corridor involves the eastern beltway corridor.
|Older shields for Clark County 215 used a black outline and a rocky diamond surrounding the numbers. Newer assemblies use a simple rounded diamond, with a yellow outline. Photos taken 11/10/00.|
|Clark County 215 overpass and bridge art at Sahara Avenue (Exit 25). Photo taken 11/10/00.|
|The CC-215 beltway fully opened to traffic at Sahara Avenue here by Spring 2001. Photo taken 11/10/00.|
|Clark County 215 freeway construction near Summerlin. Bruce Woodbury Beltway opened to traffic along this stretch by November 2001. Photos taken 11/10/00.|
- "Centennial Bowl flyover bridge opens in northwest Las Vegas." Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV), July 12, 2017.
- "Improvements coming to 215 Beltway in North Las Vegas." Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV), July 20, 2018.
11/10/00 by AARoads
Page Updated 06-23-2018.