You might have already seen the email flying around town letting everyone know the timing and traffic situation that we’ll experience tomorrow in light of President Obama’s visit to Boulder City.
Police Chief Thomas Finn sent out a memo that has a lot of very detailed and helpful information in it…the short version is that he’ll be over at Sempra Energy’s Copper Mountain Plant from 12:30pm – 1:40pm and then head back toward Vegas.
Here’s all the specific details for ya:
Good morning everyone,
President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:45 a.m. and depart on the same day at 2:30 p.m. He will visit Sempra Energy’s Copper Mountain Solar Energy Plant in Boulder City and then return to McCarran Airport immediately afterward. He will remain at Copper Mountain from 12:30 until approximately 1:40 p.m.
At approximately 11:55 a.m. we will shut down U.S. 93 northbound at the Veterans Memorial Drive intersection to all traffic for approximately 30-40 minutes. U.S. 93/95/515 southbound from Russell Road to Railroad Pass will also be shut down for 30-40 minutes. The Secret Service is prohibiting all traffic on both sides of the highway while the President’s motorcade travels to and from the airport. At approximately 1:40 p.m. all northbound traffic on U.S. 93 at Veterans Memorial Drive will be shut down again for 30-40 minutes until the motorcade passes through Railroad Pass.
Northbound traffic on U.S. 93 from Arizona will be given the option of taking Lakeshore Drive as an alternative to get to Henderson and Las Vegas. That will be the only route out of Boulder City during the two road closures. Understand that this traffic plan was dictated to us by the U.S. Secret Service and is firm and final. I anticipate severe congestion throughout the city during the closures and we will do what we can to clear up traffic as soon as the road opens. I strongly suggest you avoid Nevada Highway, the truck route and our business district between the hours of noon and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Please do not call our dispatch center for updates on traffic conditions. I expect us to be deluged with calls from the public and have three dispatchers on duty between noon and 4:00 to handle the call volume. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, and please spread the word to your friends and family about tomorrow’s event. We need to get the word out to as many people as possible to mitigate the congestion we will undoubtedly experience.
Thomas W. Finn, Chief of Police