Braces yourselves: Electric Daisy Carnival traffic is coming to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) —
The worst of EDC traffic is just a few days away.
Hundreds of thousands of electronic music fans are headed to Las Vegas to join plenty of locals for this weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival.
The festival gets underway at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night and won’t end until sunrise Monday morning.
“Right now, traffic is moving smooth, but come Friday, a different story,” said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Buratczuk.
Buratczuk knows it’s inevitable. Torturous traffic is to be expected at EDC this weekend.
“Every trooper that's not working the road is working EDC,” he explained.
Around 400,000 partiers are expected to bring bumper to bumper cars on Interstate 15 near the Speedway.
To make matters worse, there is construction in the area. There is no right-hand shoulder, which means there is no room for error if your car breaks down.
It’s best to avoid I-15 N from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
You’ll want to avoid I-15 S during the early morning hours as festival goers make their way to their hotels.
Some fans make the festival an annual tradition. This will be Mike Capobianco’s third year at EDC.
“The first year, I was scared. I went by myself and as soon as I walked in I was like, okay, okay I can do this. It's so much fun and I can't imagine never not coming. It's awesome,” said Capobianco.
The festival’s official kick-off happened Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony on a deck overlooking the Las Vegas Strip at Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room.
EDC’s Founder Pasquale Rotella was given his own key to the Las Vegas Strip.
In a rare move, Clark County also renamed Las Vegas Boulevard to “Electric Daisy Lane” for the next five days.
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says the festival is a shot in the arm for the local economy.
“EDC has brought in $1.1 billion dollars into our economy,” said Sisolak.
It’s all thanks to hundreds of thousands of fans dancing in the triple digit heat.
“It's usually a really good crowd,” said Buratczuk.
He is hoping it all goes smoothly.
“We're just trying to make it as safe as possible,” Buratczuk explained.