Traffic along George Crockett Road eastbound separates for Interstate 215 (Bruce Woodbury Beltway) immediately following Las Vegas Boulevard. Photo taken 07/06/2018.
Interstate 215 makes up the southeast quadrant of the 51-mile Bruce Woodbury Beltway around Henderson and Las Vegas, connecting I-15 south of the Las Vegas Strip with I-515 north and I-11 south in Henderson. Extending 11.1 miles, the I-215 portion of the beltway provides direct access to McCarran International Airport (LAS), and also serves as a commuter route, shuffling local traffic between Henderson and the south reaches of the Las Vegas area. The Bruce Woodbury Beltway begins at a systems exchange with I-11 / I-515 (U.S. 93 & 95) and Nevada 564 in central Henderson, following the former footprint of Lake Mead Parkway before turning north toward LAS. Near the airport, the freeway curves west again ahead of its interchange with I-15 (Exits 12A&B) near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Though I-215 ends at the exchange with I-15, the Bruce Woodbury Beltway continues west and north around Las Vegas as Clark County Route 215, reconnecting with I-15 north of Nellis Air Force Base.
AASHTO formally approved 18.9 miles of the I-215 designation April 17, 1993, between Tropicana Avenue (Nevada 593) near Spring Valley and I-515/U.S. 93 & 95 in Henderson, though signs only appear on the 11.1-mile stretch between I-15 and I-515. Completion of the initial stretch of I-215 in 1996 consisted of a short spur between I-15 and McCarran International Airport via the Nevada 171 connector and tunnel. Additional segments were built between 1996 and 1999, with the final mile between Gibson Road and I-515 being completed by 2005.