How will the traffic congestion following MKA events be improved or impacted with fewer traffic Lanes available on Franklin?

Matthew Knight Arena (MKA) currently does not have a parking structure in place. Although we did not complete an analysis of how Franklin will perform during the release of an event, there are some improvements to how traffic will disperse around the arena that will provide a benefit. This includes: 

  • New roundabout at Moss/13th 
  • Today, left turns are prohibited at Moss or 13th onto Franklin Blvd. With the new roundabout, Moss/13th becomes full access, reducing the left turn volume from Agate and Villard 
  • Increased pedestrian access across Franklin Blvd will allow for pedestrians to spread out across Franklin Blvd rather than being funneled across at Villard. 
  • The existing pinch point or bottleneck for traffic leaving the area around MKA are the limited left turns lanes onto Franklin Blvd. Reducing the number of lanes along Franklin Blvd does not change the existing condition of turning onto Franklin Blvd. 
  • With increased left turn opportunities onto Franklin Blvd, the delay to turn left onto Franklin will be reduced. 
  • Based on the stimulations and sensitivity analysis, most pedestrians will still use Villard, which is good as this is a signal, and pedestrians will be platooned/grouped. The City is still exploring ways to platoon/group pedestrians at the roundabouts to alleviate constant RRFB activation.

Because MKA does not have a parking structure, vehicles park within the vicinity of MKA. This makes analyzing the impacts on event parking a bit more challenging as the flow and duration are impacted by the spread of parking and the time it takes for people to walk from MKA to their vehicles.

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1. What is the project?
2. Why is it needed?
3. What is the project area?
4. How has the public influenced the design concept?
5. Why spend this planning effort here and not on other roads more in need of safety improvements?
6. Is the design decided?
7. Why did the City decide to incorporate roundabouts into the concept plan?
8. How will the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) impact the traffic flow on Franklin Boulevard? Are these going to be better than signalized intersections? If yes, how?
9. How will cars and buses merge into two lanes at the far side of a roundabout?
10. There's a lot of bike traffic crossing Onyx St. How will people walking and biking get across?
11. Will there be enough time for vehicles turning right onto Franklin between Onyx St and 11th Ave to cross into the left-turn lanes to get onto E.11th Ave?
12. On the east end of 15th Ave, will there be any eastbound railway crossing for people walking and biking?
13. How will the Laurel Valley Hill residents access the Franklin Boulevard Corridor? What are some ways that the residents will go in and out of the neighborhood onto Franklin?
14. Will the left-hand turn from Franklin to Orchard be eliminated?
15. How will the access to Market of Choice (MoC) and Hirons for East and West-bound traffic work on Franklin?
16. How will the residents on Sylvan Street access the roundabout at the base of Riverview Street near Exit 192?
17. How will the traffic congestion following MKA events be improved or impacted with fewer traffic Lanes available on Franklin?
18. If businesses along Franklin lose street access or parking, how will the city satisfy the business requirements to operate?
19. How will roundabouts, with their promise of continuous traffic flow, affect the ability of neighborhood residents to turn west from the south side of Franklin?
20. How will the elimination of the south turn from Franklin onto Orchard impact the viability of Market of Choice and Hirons?
21. Will the new pedestrian crosswalk on the west side of Villard that crosses Franklin impede the turning ability of neighborhood residents wanting to turn west on Franklin?