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Fremont st closing down for 2 weeks?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by liteman, Nov 5, 2013.

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  1. liteman

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    A friend said Fremont St was closing down at 12 for 2 weeks to finish up the Zip Line. How will that work? Just the light show or pedestrian traffic as well. Supposedly for safety. Any word?:confused2
     
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    I feel like that news would be out there if true, I can't see them closing it down to finish that dangzipline. The major construction was done with Fremont open.
     
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    There's a post in the Shows & Entertainment forum about this. It sounds like it's from midnight to 8 am over a span of a week or so:

    12:01am [This event occurs on multiple dates]

    Road and Mall Closures for SlotZilla line installation
    until 8:00am

    Due to the installation of the SlotZilla zipline cables, the Fremont Street Experience Pedestrian Mall will be closed between the hours of Midnight and 8am November 5th through the 8th as well as November 12th through the 14th. No pedestrian traffic will be allowed during the installation hours.
    Also closed during these hours will be Casino Center traffic (northbound & southbound) as well as 4th Street which is a one-way northbound street. Please use Las Vegas Blvd or Main Street when traveling downtown during these hours.
     
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    Wonderful.....I arrive November 12th staying at El Co....Assholes
     
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    Any words on the opening? It seems like the line installation finishes on the 14th which is right in time for the weekend - but they can't possibly open it to the public that weekend could they?

    It is only overnight too, and during the week ... the amount of traffic wandering Fremont between 12am and 8am Mon-Thurs cannot be that heavy in the middle of November. Good thing they decided to do it overnight.
     
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    Exactly. That's why they're choosing that timeline. The work will be disruptive - but disruptive to the least amount of people as possible.

    Bill
     
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    Interesting, Downtown Grand will be having their Grand Opening on 11/12/13. I will be staying at the Fremont, and will now likely be forced out on to Ogden to access anything on that side of FSE. The DT Grand should be sending a thank you card to the folks at FSE.
     
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    Does anyone know if people will be able to walk from casino to casino on the sidewalk during the closure hours? Thanks.:peace:
     
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    I would think so, more foot traffic.
     
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    I would think not. They are going to be stringing the cables overhead and they are not going to take a chance on something falling and hitting a tourist. Just my opinion.
    But, maybe they'll put up barriers on each side of the sidewalks, similar to what they do on New Year's Eve. You can still travel down Fremont w/o being in the center of the street.
     
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    I am in Vegas now and was walking on Fremont St and heard a very, very stern recorded announcement at about 11:58 PM and repeated over and over. It left no doubt to get the hell out of the mall area.

    As we were making our way out towards the Downtown Grand, there was a crew putting up cattle-style gates on each side of the street, parallel to Fremont St. There was about 2 feet (about a sidewalk's width) between each building and the gate, and this was to allow people to walk down the street.
     
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    Most of the Fremont St. casinos have rear-door, or side-door exits & entrances ... which would probably be safer during those "construction hours" after midnight.
     
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    This is from Vegas Chatter. Link to full story http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2013/11/5/124718/370/vegas-travel/Still+Not+Open+Yet%2C+Slotzilla+Causing+Late-Night+Headaches+On+Fremont

    The Facebook page of the Fremont Street Experience warned fans yesterday that the installment of Slotzilla's cables (called the Zipline and the Zoomline, #funfacts) would cause "mall and road closures over the next 2 weeks," now through this Friday, November 8 and then repeated next Tuesday through Friday (November 12-15) as well.

    The shutdowns will mean pedestrians won't be allowed on the mall between midnight and 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right. The Fremont Street Experience will morph into a late-night ghost town most of this week and next. Casino Center and 4th Street will also be closed to vehicle traffic.


    FSE suggests Las Vegas Boulevard and Main as alternate driving routes while pedestrians are being told to walk through adjacent casinos as a way to get around. Of course, that only works if you want to stay on the same side of the street as VegasChatter member @Graham310 discovered last night:


    Starting around 1am last night, The Fremont Street Experience and Neonopolis were emptied and barricaded off. If you need to get across the street from any hotel on the west side to any hotel on the east side (as we needed to get from the Golden Nugget to the Downtown Grand), you had to walk down to Las Vegas Blvd or up to Main via Carson Street to cross Fremont and get to your hotel from Ogden St. Casino security in all properties were directing patrons away from Fremont St.-facing exits, and hardhat-wearing security were out in force keeping people from slipping past the barricades to cross.
     
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    I'll be staying at the GN next week during the FSE shutdown. How many casinos will I be able to access directly starting from the GN?

    Thanks.:peace:
     
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    I don't know the Nugget very well but you should be able to get out a side door and then you'll have reasonably close access to the Golden Gate entrance on Main Street or the 4 Queens entrance on 3rd Street. Technically, you can get to them all but after a night of drinking, it might make for a long walk. Fremont Street doesn't close till midnight so if you stick to the GG, Nugget and 4 Queens after midnight, you'd be pretty close.

    Map: http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/THEdowntownMAP.htm#.UnsEqT8WLMw
     
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    2weeks????????

    How many nights does it take to string a few cables? Should be a 1 or 2 night job at the most. I arrive at the D on the 13th and love to walk Fremont in the early morning with my coffee....guess I will just have to stay at the blackjack table instead.
     
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    3 cables up but not tightened as a 11-7.
     
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    They're closed for only 7 weekday nights from 12 to 8 so they've budgeted 56 hours.

    3 cables up after 4 shifts (32 hours) seems like they're on track. Assuming they have 4 cables. Safety inspection likely part of that remaining time.

    Sounds like a win to me :beer:
     
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    It would seem to me that Freemont Street is trying to get the younger generation downtown !
    But from being on Freemont Halloween night there's already the younger generation around, believe me I know.
    But I'd rather be on Freemont than the Strip, however, I don't think I'll be riding the zip line.
     
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