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.