State Route 171 - Airport Connector

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Nevada 171 overlays the southernmost 0.693 miles of the Airport Connector, a limited-access spur that joins Interstate 215 (Bruce Woodbury Beltway) and Paradise Road to McCarran International Airport (LAS). Beginning at a trumpet interchange with I-215 (Exit 10), Nevada 171 travels northerly along the Airport Connector to a tunnel entrance under airport runways. From this point, airport authority assumes maintenance responsibility for the remainder of the connector to a pair of one way couplets for Paradise Road (south) and Swenson Street (north).

The entire Airport Connector, including the tunnel section, were completed and opened by 1994.

Nevada 171 (Airport Connector) north
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A series of guide signs shuttle motorists bound for McCarran International Airport (LAS) to domestic and international destinations as Nevada 171 begins its northerly stint along the Airport Connector. Photos taken 07/21/14.
Northbound traffic along the Airport Connector (SR 171) passes under a series of over crossings on the one quarter mile drive to Sunset Road (SR 562). A 55-mph speed limit is also maintained on this stretch of the connector. Photo taken 07/21/14.
The Airport Connector meets Sunset Road (SR 562) at a grade separated interchange south of the tunnels leading to McCarran International Airport.
Sunset Road extends across the lower Las Vegas valley, with SR 562 overlaying a 4.778-mile1 segment of the arterial between Las Vegas Boulevard and the western urban limits of Henderson. Photo taken 07/21/14.
SR 171 north officially comes to an end as the Airport Connector passes under Sunset Road (SR 562) and continues into McCarran International Airport. Guide signs otherwise partition motorists bound for Terminals 1 and 3 ahead of the tunnel. Photo taken 07/21/14.
Airport Connector north
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The connector initially enters a three tube tunnel, measuring 2,740 feet in length. The tubes were constructed under runways 08L/26R and 08R/26L2 between 1993 and 1994.
The Airport Connector tunnel opened to vehicular traffic December 1994 and was part of the original I-15/McCarran connector project (I-215). Photos taken 07/21/14.
Emerging from the tunnel, ramps shuttle travelers to Terminals 1 and 3. Terminal 1 (T1) serves domestic flights while Terminal 3 (T3) primarily serves international flights. Photo taken 07/21/14.
The northbound lanes of the Airport Connector shift under the ramp to Terminal 3 as a single lane ramp departs for Flight Path Avenue. Flight Path Avenue serves as a connector road between Terminals 1 and 3. Photo taken 07/21/14.
Various advertisement boards line the Airport Connector as it passes east of Terminal 1. Photo taken 07/21/14.
The limited-access Airport Connector ends at the ensuing traffic signal with Russell Road. Photo taken 07/21/14.
Russell Road travels east from the Airport Connector into Paradise and Henderson. The four-lane arterial ends in east Henderson opposite of Sam Boyd Stadium.
Swenson Street otherwise continues northward from Russell Road to Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road. Photo taken 07/21/14.
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North of Russell Road, Paradise Road and Swenson Street separate into one way couplets. Swenson Street carries northbound traffic from McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Harmon Avenue. Photo taken 07/21/14.


  1. State Maintained Highways of Nevada - Descriptions and Maps, January 2018 edition.
  2. LAS McCarran International Airport, SkyVector Aeronautical Charts - accessed August 4, 2018.

Photo Credits:

07/21/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 215 / Clark County 215 - Bruce Woodbury Beltway

Page Updated 07-01-2018.