The team has been purchased and relocated, it now has a name and an awesome logo, and in a few years, the Henderson Silver Knights will be playing their games in an $80 million arena on the corner of Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways.
I believe this Henderson Arena is going to rival T-Mobile but be better in many ways. It’s going to be more compact and more user-friendly. -The Creator
The area where the Henderson Pavilion currently sits is widely regarded as one of the most congested spots in all of Henderson. Now, the plan is to drag 6,000 more people in, 50+ times a year, without making any significant changes to the physical roadways in the area.
According to the CEO of the traffic consulting firm Ludian LLC, the solution to relieving any added traffic is simple, install “adaptive traffic systems,” or in laymen’s terms, better, smarter stoplights.
With any event, be it sporting or entertainment, traffic is always going to have a preconceived negative connotation. What the adaptive traffic systems aims to do is not allow the traffic to detract from the overall experience, I’m confident of this. -Ian Machen, CEO, Ludian LLC
So is the City of Henderson and the owner of the Henderson Silver Knights.
People should not be concerned about noise or traffic congestion. It just isn’t going to happen. -The Creator
No new lanes, no traffic cops, no special event traffic pattern, nothing. Just new lights.
Adaptive linked traffic signals have proven to improve the road network with such improvements as: reduced delay, reduced number of times you stop, improved travel time through the signalized intersections, increase in the average speed and reduced emissions from vehicles due to the above. -Machen
So what are adaptive linked traffic signals?
It’s a system that connects all traffic lights in a surrounding area and synchronizes them to keep the flow of traffic moving in the most effective way possible. Linking all the lights on the busy road to turn them all green together to get traffic flowing steadily either to or from the arena. When pedestrians approach or cars are waiting on a side road, the lights all adapt to quickly allow them to pass before switching back to send the congested arena traffic on its way again.
Traffic is traffic, no matter the level or demand. These systems improve the current capability of existing signalised intersections, without the need for high cost changes to layout or additional lanes. -Machen
Machen, who lives in the area, says this is all it takes. His company, which was hired by the City of Henderson during the public hearings about the arena, suggested the lights will not only solve the issues with arena traffic but also help ease the day to day congestion in the area as well.
Traffic will play a part in the success or failure of the Henderson Silver Knights. If it’s a pain to get in and out of the arena, people won’t go.
To put it in hockey terms, these new traffic lights are Henderson’s big trade deadline acquisition. The final piece that will turn a good idea into a great one.
Let’s just hope it’s Mark Stone and not Tomas Tatar.