A section of the Las Vegas Strip, West Sahara Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the unincorporated area of Las Vegas, NV. The street was named after the town of Sahara located in Clark County, Nevada. As a result, the street’s name is pronounced differently from the Sahara Desert. The road extends north from Tropicana Avenue to Silverado Ranch Boulevard and south to Spring Mountain Road.
The Strip can be thought of as being separated into three sections: North Strip (between Sahara Avenue and Flamingo Road), Mid-Strip ( between Flamingo Road and Russell Road), and South Strip (between Russell Road and Sahara Avenue). The West Sahara district lies mostly in Mid-Strip.
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a hotel/casino with 2,956 rooms and an 80,000-square-foot casino floor is located on this street.* The Westgate has its own monorail station directly behind the resort that transports guests to five different casinos on the Strip.* It is also near other major casinos including Bally’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, The Bellagio, and Flamingo Las Vegas.
The West Sahara is a region in Africa. It has an area of around 5 million km2 (1.9 million sq mi). Most of it is desert. Morocco controls about two-thirds of the area, with the remainder being controlled by Mauritania. It shares a border with Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east, and Senegal and Mauritania to the south. Western Sahara is bordered by the Moroccan provinces of Souss-Massa and Drâa-Tafilalet to the north, by Mauritania’s regions of Adrar and Nouadhibou to the east, by Algeria’s Tindouf Province to the southeast, by Mali’s southern Taoudeni Region to the southwest, and by Senegal’s Gambia Region to its west.
The first portion of what is now West Sahara Avenue was originally called 11th Street before becoming part of Nevada State Route 6. The street was renamed by the City Council on March 26, 1965. In 1970 West Sahara was extended north to Lamb Boulevard and it became a divided highway at the intersection of Sunset Road and Smoke Ranch Road. In 1987 West Sahara was extended south from Sunset Road to Buffalo Drive.
In 1998 West Sahara Avenue was closed from Sunset Road to Smoke Ranch Road so that construction could begin on a road that would link State Route 146 with Interstate 15 via a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Interstate 215 had been built just south of this location but no direct connection had been built between it and I-15. A new interchange at Sunset Road opened in August 2000 providing access to both I-15 and SR 146. West Sahara Avenue reopened as a four-lane divided highway in May 2001 as construction continued on the new roadway that would become part of Martin Luther King Boulevard (SR 582). This project also included street improvements along
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