Traffic tie-ups expected during Electric Daisy Carnival weekend

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas knows how to put on a good show and one of the biggest events of the year is here. More than 400,000 are expected to make their way to the Electric Daisy Carnival.

The EDC, which attracts thousands of people, will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend. 

Many companies will cash in on the EDC over the next several days, including those who transport the attendees. The Nevada Department of Transportation is warning that traffic will be very heavy from Friday evening through Monday morning on I-15 between Cheyenne Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.

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Ava Dolan and her dad are buying last minute lights, glow sticks and costumes at Luxe Rave for the massive festival.

Finding the best way to get to the speedway is something they've planned.

"We're renting a minivan," said Ava Dolan. "And kind of go early so we don't have to wait in line."

"We got it all painted up and chalked up, ready to go. Probably about 10 of us going in it," said Bill Dolan, EDC fan.

But some prefer to ditch the car entirely and take to the air.

"EDC is the busiest weekend of the year for us," said Bryan Kroten, Maverick Helicopters. "It's the three busiest days of the year actually." 

Maverick helicopters has more than 20 choppers taking party goers to the speedway this weekend from the Las Vegas Strip.

"A big perk of flying a helicopter is you get a great view over the Strip flying out there and there in less than 15 minutes," Kroten said. 

It's an $800 round trip ride.

Business has boomed since EDC first came to southern Nevada six years ago.

"First year we did not have one booking the day before the event. This year we have hundreds of people booked," Kroten said.

EDC has it's own shuttle service for about $100 for the entire weekend from downtown Las Vegas and even the Strip.

For the Dolan's, they know they're going to hit traffic but plan on making the most of it.

"I understand a little bit of patience but while you're sitting in the vehicle you're listening to music talking about your favorite artists," Bill Dolan said.

The folks in charge of EDC urge people to carpool to the event.  Uber says for the first time in the festival's history it will offer rides to and from the Speedway.

Nevada Highway Patrol says they will have troopers out on the road for the festival. They'll be helping get drivers to the right part of the speedway and looking for impaired drivers. They want to remind people to have patience on the road.


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