UPDATED: May 12th, 8:30 pm PST
Mesquite, NV, May 12, 3:20 pm PST-
Southbound is fully backed up. It started backing up at 3:15 pm. It is “stop and go” from Mesquite up onto Mormon Mesa and all the way across.
Return back to Mesquite if you do not want to wait. Northbound is traveling smoothly and clearly except for small delays at construction sites. Our chief editor traveled through the mess and it took 3 hours to get from Mesquite (mm 122) to Moapa Valley (mm 93). That is 3 hours to travel 29 miles.
The Southbound lanes were both closed off with the edge open for travel. There was absolutely no one working in the work zones from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm PST. It is now night and the NDOT workers are working all on the Southbound lanes with current backed-up traffic all the way to Mesquite and across the mesa still.
The paving has resumed for NDOT and downsizing to one lane is more prevalent on top of the mesa. This has caused major traffic congestion and backup for literally… miles.
Northbound is clear but with some slowdown at work zones.
Paving will occur in both the northbound and southbound directions of I-15. The Southbound has both lanes closed for work with the edge open for travel.
Weather predictions are going to be hitting the 90s tomorrow and triple digits during the weekend, so make plans to have plenty of water and gasoline for the extra time, expected to be between 2-4 hours.
The best times to travel with less traffic are early in the morning before 8:00 am PST and in the evenings after 10:00 pm PST.
Please be careful, respectful, and considerate of others when merging. Drive the posted speed limits and travel safely!