Nevada State Route 582

State Route 582 marker

State Route 582
Boulder Highway
Fremont Street
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 16.777 mi[1] (27.000 km)
Existed: July 1, 1976 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-515 / US 93 / US 95 in Henderson
  I-515 / US 93 / US 95 in Las Vegas
North end: Eighth Street in Las Vegas
Highway system

Nevada highways

I-580 SR 589

State Route 582 is a major 16.777-mile (27.000 km) highway in the Las Vegas valley. It connects Downtown Las Vegas with Henderson and (indirectly) Boulder City to the southeast. The highway is primarily known as Boulder Highway, but is named Fremont Street within the Las Vegas city limits. The highway is the former route of U.S. Route 95 and U.S. Route 93 before they were moved to a freeway alignment.

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Route description

Present-day State Route 582 officially begins at Interstate 515/U.S. Route 93/U.S. Route 95 interchange at Wagonwheel Drive in Henderson, although the highway itself actually starts at the intersection of Boulder Highway and Wagonwheel Drive just east of the interchange. From its southern terminus, SR 582 quickly transitions to an urban divided highway lined with businesses as it heads northwest through Henderson.

The portion of SR 582 between Tropicana Avenue (SR 593) and the I-515/US 93/US 95 freeway is sometimes referred to as the "Boulder Strip", playing off the more-famous Las Vegas Strip to the west. This section of Boulder Highway features a landscaped median and is adjacent to several local casinos, including Boulder Station Hotel and Casino and Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.

North of the Boulder Strip area, SR 582 changes names from Boulder Highway to Fremont Street as it crosses the Las Vegas city limits at Sahara Avenue (SR 589). Just south of Charleston Boulevard (SR 159), Fremont Street transitions from divided highway to a multi-lane arterial. After the "Five-Points" intersection (with Charleston Boulevard and Eastern Avenue), the highway curves slightly more westward as it heads into downtown Las Vegas. SR 582 reaches its northern terminus at Eighth Street just east of downtown; the Fremont Street roadway itself extends a few blocks further to terminate at the intersection with Las Vegas Boulevard.

History

Originally, Boulder Highway carried U.S. Routes 93 and 95 from near Boulder City through Henderson and into downtown Las Vegas. During the 1980s, Nevada DOT worked to extend the US 95/Oran K. Gragson Expressway southeast from downtown to Henderson. As portions of the freeway opened, the US 93 and US 95 designations were gradually relocated from Fremont Street and Boulder Highway, relegating the highway to state route status. In 1994, the freeway was completed to the Wagonwheel interchange and US 93 and US 95 had been completely removed from SR 582.

In downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street originally extended further west to terminate at Main Street (former US 91, later SR 601). By September 1994, Fremont Street west of Las Vegas Boulevard was permanently closed to vehicular traffic to construct the Fremont Street Experience, an outdoor pedestrian mall and light show attraction. This section of SR 582 ceased to be maintained by Nevada DOT around this time.

In 2007, the city of Las Vegas completed the Fremont East district, a reconstruction of Fremont Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eighth Street designed to "stir memories of old Las Vegas" and promote active nightlife.[2] Completion of this project pushed the northern terminus of SR 582 to Eighth Street.

Public transport

RTC Transit Route 107 functions on this road. However, the Boulder Highway Corridor Project is scheduled to open in 2011. The Boulder Highway Express will feature fast transit service on sleek rail-like vehicles in dedicated transit lanes along portions of Boulder Highway. Passengers will board at level platforms along Boulder Highway, with fast service connecting downtown Las Vegas and Henderson.

Major intersections

The entire route lies within Clark County. Mileposts of SR 582 use the original US 93 mileposts, which still exists along most of the highway.

Location Mile Destination Notes
Henderson 11 I-515 / US 93 / US 95
19 SR 564 (Lake Mead Parkway)
SR 562 (Sunset Road)
SR 593 (Tropicana Avenue)
SR 612 (Nellis Boulevard)
SR 592 (Flamingo Road)
Las Vegas I-515 / US 93 / US 95
SR 589 (Sahara Avenue)
SR 159 (Charleston Boulevard)
Eighth Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

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