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January 26, 2015

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Roads can’t handle stadium traffic

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In all the talk about a new stadium on UNLV’s campus, I haven’t seen a word written about how anyone will get to the stadium.

As a limousine driver, I am aware of the back-ups that occur on Tropicana Avenue and the airport connector when there is an event at the Thomas & Mack Center or at MGM’s arena.

I also have sat in traffic in the area of Sam Boyd Stadium before and after events. With a much larger venue being planned, has any consideration been given to the fact that you may not actually be able to get there with the current infrastructure of roads?

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  1. If an when traffic conjestion reduces event/sport attendance and thus profits, the roads will be expanded. Sometimes in our haste to build, we put the cart before the horse.


  2. Like all new large construction projects that are thought out. I'm sure access to and from any new stadium that is planned.Is also on the drawing board for consideration about traffic congestion and parking.

  3. The traffic congestion is so bad, so displeasurable, that many of us simply no longer bother going to any of these events/sports at these Las Vegas icons for entertainment. It really takes away from all the fun and enjoyment when you have such a long and negative driving experience, when drivers are frustrated and/or aggressive, making it dangerous to go there.

    The Clark County Planning Commissioners need to take some responsibility on this years on end problem.

    Blessings and Peace,

  4. Mr. Fried,

    With all due respect, your contention is false. The roads and other appurtenances in Las Vegas are completely adequate. Unfortunately, the control of signals and the total lack of traffic flow planning is the issue.

    I suggest that the traffic engineers consult their counterparts in Indianapolis, as they have been successfully directing traffic in-and-out of some of the Country's largest events (Indy 500, Super Bowl, etc.) for decades. And, in doing so, they are using 'east coast' type roads, not the many multi-lane thoroughfares of Las Vegas.


  5. After working on the strip for twenty years, I no longer bother going east of Las Vegas Blvd. One need only look at the never ending traffic issues on Harmon and Koval to see that a stadium on the UNLV campus would only make things worse. As for Tropicana, it is a nonstop traffic hazard and is best avoided by anyone with common sense.

  6. If a stadium were ever built on UNLV's campus,a big consideration would be to link the campus to the Las Vegas Monorail.Now that the Monorail is out of bankruptcy with very little debt.It would make sense to expand to the airport as well as to the new proposed stadium if it were to become a reality.