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New Year's Eve: Need to Know

Fireworks burst over the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year's 2013, as seen from Trump Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Las Vegas officials expect to welcome approximately 332,000 visitors for the holiday. (Steve Spatafore | Las Vegas News Bureau)
Fireworks burst over the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year's 2013, as seen from Trump Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Las Vegas officials expect to welcome approximately 332,000 visitors for the holiday. (Steve Spatafore | Las Vegas News Bureau)
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Updated: 12/24/2013 10:27 am
Metro reminds revelers about New Year’s Eve ordinances

In an effort to increase the safety of those celebrating New Year’s Eve throughout Las Vegas, Metro will once again be strictly enforcing various city and county ordinances throughout the holiday period.

These include:

Clark County ordinance 12.43.020 and City of Las Vegas ordinance 10.77.020, both of which ban metal and glass containers on the Strip and in downtown areas from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 until 6 a.m. Jan. 1. Plastic cups and containers will be allowed.

The public is also reminded that, per Clark County ordinance 12.12.015, the Strip curfew for children younger than 18 years of age and not accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian which begins at 9 p.m. throughout the remainder of the year begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and extends until 5 a.m. Jan. 1.

New Year’s Eve revelers are also asked not to carry large backpacks, satchels or knapsacks that could hold cans and bottles.

Additionally, everyone is reminded the discharge of firearms into the air, commonly referred to as “celebratory gunfire,” is both highly dangerous and illegal. Individuals found discharging weapons will be subject to arrest for a variety of criminal charges.

The men and women of Metro extend our sincere wishes to all Southern Nevada residents and tourists for a safe and Happy New Year.

New Year’s Eve 2013 Road Closure Information

Downtown/Fremont Street Experience
5 p.m. – The Fremont Street Experience will be closed to the public.
6 p.m. – The Fremont Street Experience gates open for entertainment.

Las Vegas Boulevard (Strip)

NOTE: Throughout the evening travel on Sahara Avenue, Russell Road,
Desert Inn Road, Frank Sinatra Drive and Koval Lane will remain unrestricted.

Harmon Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic on the West side of Las Vegas Boulevard. Vehicle traffic on Harmon Avenue East of Las Vegas Boulevard will be limited to access to Hotel properties only.
Below is a schedule of the anticipated road closures and re-openings

5 p.m. -- Closing of off ramps from I-15 onto eastbound Tropicana
Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP / NDOT begins.
5:45 p.m. -- The closing of all other streets, roads and alleys leading Westbound onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road from Koval Lane will begin.
6 p.m. -- All streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard
between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road will be closed with
all barricades in place.
6:15 p.m. -- LVMPD Traffic Officers begin clearing all vehicular traffic off
Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell
Road.
6:30 p.m. -- Las Vegas Boulevard along with all inbound roads leading onto
Las Vegas Boulevard are fully closed to vehicle traffic.
6:30 p.m. -- All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or
crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will be shut off.
Approximately 6:30 p.m. -- Las Vegas Boulevard fully opens to pedestrian
traffic.
Midnight - 12:15 a.m. -- Fireworks show takes place on Strip and
Fremont Street.

Las Vegas Boulevard (Strip) re-opening information

Approximately 12:15 a.m. -- All moving walkways, elevators and escalators
leading to or crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will resume operation.
Approximately 1:30 a.m. -- All celebrations normally subside. Barricade
removal begins
Approximately 2 a.m. -- Street sweepers begin clean up, working from
South to North.
Approximately 3:30 a.m. – Reopening of off ramps from I-15 onto
Eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP / NDOT begins. All other streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road will begin re-opening.

NOTE: Road closure times are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Stay informed about New Year’s Eve events

Members of the general public can activate a special aspect of the “Alert I.D.” system which will keep them informed about important public safety related issues on New Year’s Eve.

After texting the word “info” to [702] 800-6776, the user will receive a text message confirming they are connected to the New Year’s Eve information distribution network.

Beginning around 4 p.m. Dec. 31, text messages will be sent to those subscribers with information such as fireworks locations, traffic updates, road closure and re-opening information, and other facts which will help subscribers enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebration.

This aspect of the Alert I.D. system will be discontinued following the completion of New Year’s Eve activities, which normally occurs at approximately 3 a.m. Jan. 1.

— From news release
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