The Nevada Department of Transportation has been forced to close some highways and highways, including Interstate 80, due to the high volume of travelers during the summer.
Brian Sandoval announced Friday that all highways in the state will be closed from June 1 through August 3.
Sandoval said the closures will include Interstate 80 from I-80 North to I-70 West and the Las Vegas Strip from I:1 to I:30.
He also announced that Interstate 80 between Las Vegas and Reno will be temporarily closed from July 11 through August 9, and the I-75/70 interstate from Las Vegas to Reno will close from August 4 through August 10.
Sandoval said those closures will be phased in over a three-month period starting June 1, and he said it’s important to note that the tolls are non-refundable.
“I think it’s a good time to do it, and it’s not going to be a one-time thing, but it’s going to help reduce congestion on the roads,” Sandoval told reporters on Friday.
Nevadans will be allowed to drive for up to five hours a day, and there are no restrictions on the number of vehicles, speed limits or lane markings.
Sanderson said Nevada’s highways are designed for travel by motorcyclists, so there will be plenty of room for them on those roads.
He added that Nevada has more than 20,000 motorcycle permits in use, and said he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm of the riders.
“The vast majority of these motorcycles are used for safety, and so the motorcyclist is the one that is responsible for maintaining the safety of the public,” Sanderson said.
“I think that’s a positive thing.”
Sanderson added that he’s hopeful that drivers will use Nevada roads more responsibly during the winter months, because the state is still seeing a decline in snowfall.
He said Nevada will see more snowfall during the colder months of the year.
Nevadas roads are open during the peak of the summer travel season.
Travel restrictions are in effect from July 10 through August 6, and Sandoval says that drivers are still allowed to cross the state’s borders to get to other states.
He said Nevada has been able to reduce the number and volume of people coming to the state by encouraging people to drive by, and by encouraging them to stay home.