Interstate 515 and U.S. 93 & 95 north
Beginning at the exchange with Interstates 11 and 215 west of Henderson, Interstate 515 proceeds northward along with U.S. 93 and 95 toward downtown Las Vegas. The Oran K. Gragson Freeway will connect with Auto Show Drive next, followed by Sunset Road (Exit 64) to McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Galleria Drive (Exit 65). Photo taken 07/22/17.
An auxiliary lane briefly joins I-515 north for the duration to Auto Show Drive (Exit 62). The interchange was added by 2006, and as the name implies, numerous auto dealerships surround three quadrants of the upcoming diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Auto Show Road (Exit 62) joins I-515 to both Gibson and Eastgate Roads, and to the Gibson Springs neighborhood. Photo taken 07/22/17.
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While traffic enters the freeway from I-215, motorists along I-515 & U.S. 93-95 north pass under Auto Show Road one mile out from Sunset Road. Photos taken 07/22/17.
Several warehouses and auto dealerships line either side of I-515 (Oran K. Gragson Freeway) on the half mile approach to Sunset Road (Exit 64). Russell Road otherwise meets the freeway in two miles. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Confirming marker found along I-515 & U.S. 93-95 north beyond the ingress point from Auto Show Drive (Exit 62). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Sunset Road stretches across the entire southern Las Vegas metro area, connecting with Interstate 515 at Exit 64A. The arterial begins in southwest Spring Valley and extends east through Paradise and Henderson. Nevada 562 follows a portion of Sunset Road, between Las Vegas Boulevard and the urban line to Henderson. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Immediately following the ramp to Sunset Road (Exit 64A), another ramp departs to Galleria Drive (Exit 64B). The interchange was added by October 2009 to relieve traffic from nearby Sunset Road and the Galleria at Sunset Mall.1 Galleria Drive otherwise extends east from I-515 to Boulder Highway and Lake Las Vegas. Photo taken 07/22/17.
One mile separates Galleria Drive from Russell Road (Exit 65) along I-515 (Oran K. Gragson Freeway) north. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Both Tropicana Avenue (Exit 68) and Flamingo Road (Exit 69) join I-515 & U.S. 93-95 with the Las Vegas Strip in 1.75 and 3.75 miles, while Russell Road (0.5 miles) provides access to the main terminal at LAS. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Interstate 515 curves westward on the approach to Russell Road (Exit 65). Russell Road stretches from the freeway eastward to end at Sam Boyd Stadium, home field to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) college football team. Photo taken 07/22/17.
This lone confirming marker stands along northbound I-515 & U.S. 93-95 near the merge ramp from Galleria Road (Exit 64B). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Stephanie Street spans the Oran K. Gragson Freeway as traffic departs for Russell Road (Exit 65). Russell Road continues on a westerly course from I-515 through central Paradise, to an end at Paradise Road across from Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport (LAS). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Numerous billboards line I-515 & U.S. 93-95 north as the freeway enters an S-curve beyond Exit 65 (Russell Road). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Nellis Boulevard passes over I-515 one mile ahead of Tropicana Avenue (Exit 68). Motorists bound for Flamingo Road (Exit 69) will depart in 2.25 miles while Boulder Highway meets the freeway in four miles (Exit 70). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Mountain Vista Street travels underneath Interstate 515 one half mile out from Exit 68 (Tropicana Avenue). Motorists are also advised to use Exit 68 to reach LAS. Photo taken 07/22/17.
The Oran K. Gragson Freeway begins its northward turn as traffic leaves for Tropicana Avenue (Exit 68). Tropicana Avenue doubles as Nevada 593 between Dean Martin Drive near the Las Vegas Strip and Nevada 582 (Boulder Highway).
In addition to linking I-515 with the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Avenue also connects with the UNLV main campus as well as Spring Valley on the west end of the metro area. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Beyond Exit 68 (Tropicana Avenue), drivers along Interstate 515 pass under Harmon Avenue en route to Flamingo Road. Downtown and Interstate 15 are typically a 10 minute drive from this point. Photo taken 07/22/17.
A parclo interchange joins I-515 to Flamingo Road (Exit 69) east to SR 582 (Boulder Highway) and west to the central part of the Strip. SR 592 follows Flamingo Road along two separate segments across the valley area, with the easternmost section of SR 592 lying between Paradise Road and Boulder Highway. Photo taken 07/22/17.
A single lane departs for Tropicana Avenue (SR 592) 1.50 miles out from Boulder Highway (Exit 70). Tropicana Avenue west to leads to the Bally's, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Flamingo casino resorts. Photo taken 07/22/17.
I-515 & U.S. 93-95 (Oran K. Gragson Freeway) kink northwest between the Homewood Park and Plata Del Sol West subdivisions on the 0.25 mile drive to Boulder Highway (Nevada 582). Exits to Charleston Boulevard (Exit 72) and Eastern Avenue (Exit 73) follow in two miles and 3.75 miles, respectively. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Interstate 515 meets Boulder Highway (SR 582) just beyond the limits of Paradise at Exit 70. Boulder Highway represents the former alignment of U.S. 93 & 95 and former U.S. 466 through East Las Vegas and Henderson prior to the construction of the Oran K. Gragson Freeway.
SR 582 generally follows Boulder Highway from the Wagonwheel exchange near Henderson to the city limits of Las Vegas. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Nevada 582 (Boulder Highway) passes beneath I-515 & U.S. 93-95 one and one half miles out from a diamond interchange with Charleston Boulevard (Exit 72). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Motorists travel by this set of shields beyond the merge point from Boulder Highway (Exit 70) along I-515 north. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Interchange sequence sign posted beyond the Sahara Avenue underpass lists upcoming destinations along Interstate 515. Las Vegas Boulevard (Exit 75) will connect the freeway with Downtown in 3.75 miles. Photo taken 07/22/17.
I-515 & U.S. 93-95 (Oran K. Gragson Freeway) formally enters the city of Las Vegas as the freeway spans Wyoming Avenue. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Charleston Boulevard extends east from I-515 (Exit 72) into Sunrise Manor and west toward Downtown and Summerlin. SR 159 overlays Charleston Boulevard from Nellis Boulevard (SR 612) west across the region to the boundary of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Oran K. Gragson Freeway will meet Eastern Avenue (Exit 73) to North Las Vegas in 1.75 miles. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Passing over Stewart Avenue, I-515 & U.S. 93-95 makes its westward turn toward Downtown and I-15. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Interstate 515 will end 3.25 miles ahead at the exchange with Interstate 15, locally referred to as the Spaghetti Bowl. Otherwise, the freeway continues to Eastern Avenue (0.75 miles) and Las Vegas Boulevard (2 miles). Photo taken 07/22/17.
The downtown area of Las Vegas comes into view as drivers leave for Eastern Avenue (Exit 73) along Interstate 515 north. Eastern Avenue is a major north-south corridor linking I-515 with North Las Vegas to the north and Winchester and Paradise to the south. Eastern Avenue was formerly Nevada 607 prior to 2008. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Several Downtown casino resorts, including the D Las Vegas, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, and Fremont, can be seen from the 1.25-mile drive to Las Vegas Boulevard (Exit 75). Photo taken 07/22/17.
Northbound motorists pass by this elevated set of confirming markers for I-515 & U.S. 93-95 as the freeway turns northwest parallel to Downtown. The freeway travels along a viaduct for the remaining stretch to the I-15 exchange. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Only two interchanges remain along I-515 north: Las Vegas Boulevard (Exit 75) and I-15 to Los Angeles (Exit 76A) and Salt Lake City (Exit 76B). Otherwise I-515 rises over Maryland Parkway. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Exit 75 joins I-515 & U.S. 93-95 with Las Vegas Boulevard. Las Vegas Boulevard provides easy travel to Downtown and is one of the more direct lines to the Las Vegas Strip. The arterial also serves as previous alignments of former U.S. 91 & 466.
Interests to the Fremont Street and Arts Districts (including the Fremont Street Experience), as well as area museums, should use Exit 75. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Spanning over Las Vegas Boulevard, Interstate 515 makes its final approach to Interstate 15. Two ramps partition to the California-Utah bound freeway within the next mile. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Ramp meters are in place along this segment of I-515 due to the close proximity between Las Vegas Boulevard (Exit 75) and the I-15 exchange (Exits 76AB). Otherwise, motorists drive by one final shield assembly for I-515 north. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Traffic prepares to depart for I-15 south to California (Exit 76A) and Utah (Exit 76B) at the upcoming systems exchange, locally dubbed the Spaghetti Bowl Interchange, due to its confluence of ramps. U.S. 93 will also leave with I-15 north running tandem with the freeway to Exit 64 where it departs for Ely.
U.S. 95 (Oran K. Gragson Freeway) otherwise continues solo on its trek north through the Las Vegas metro area toward Tonopah and Reno. Photo taken 07/22/17.
Vehicles bound for Interstate 15 south leave along a two lane ramp as Interstate 515 enters the Spaghetti Bowl interchange. I-15 parallels the Las Vegas Strip to the west as it beelines for the California border and the greater Los Angeles area. Otherwise a second ramp departs next for I-15 north. A third ramp (Exit 76C) leaves for Martin Luther King Boulevard in one-quarter mile. Photo taken 08/13/16.
I-515 formally ends as traffic peels off for I-15 and U.S. 93 north (Exit 76B) to Utah and Salt Lake City. Motorists bound for Martin Luther King Boulevard (Exit 76C) will leave ahead as U.S. 95 continues along the Oran K. Gragson Freeway west and north through the Las Vegas suburbs. The current freeway ends just shy of Nevada 157 (Kyle Canyon Road).
Construction began mid-2016 to improve nearly a four mile stretch of I-15, which include a portion of the Spaghetti Bowl Interchange. Called Project NEON, work calls for the addition of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes along I-15, HOV ramps at the Spaghetti Bowl Interchange connecting I-15 and U.S. 95, and braided ramps to improve traffic flow. Costing $900 million, construction is scheduled to be completed by Summer 2019. Photo taken 07/22/17.

Sources:

  1. "Long-anticipated Galleria interchange to finish by October", Las Vegas Sun, 03/26/2009.


Photo Credits:

08/13/16, 07/22/17 by AARoads

Page Updated 02-17-2018.