Traffic light signals have Las Vegas Valley motorists seeing red

Updated December 17, 2018 - 12:24 pm

Las Vegas Valley drivers are seeing red, judging by the emails sent to the Road Warrior’s inbox each week.

Motorists want to know what’s up with traffic signal timing and why they’re stuck at certain traffic lights for so long.

The timing of traffic signals across the valley is pre-programmed based on various factors, according to Christine Lu, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada spokeswoman.

The time of day, the day of the week and travel demand at intersection locations are all factors in light timing, which may adjust because of the following factors:

■ Sensors (video detection, magnetic loops in the pavement or infrared technology) detect vehicle flow and can expedite a green light for opposing traffic.

■ Pedestrian activity. For example, a pedestrian crossing Flamingo Road will extend the green light on the side street (such as Lindell Road) to allow for the pedestrian to cross safely.

■ Public-sector emergency response vehicles like fire trucks and police vehicles have special equipment that speaks to traffic signals, enabling those lights to turn green for the safety of everyone on the roadway.

John L., a Henderson resident and California transplant, wonders why he was waiting so long for a green light on a stretch of St. Rose Parkway.

He said he was fed up with signals at St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard and on Eastern Avenue after he returns from California in the late-night hours.

“I return usually about midnight or 1 a.m. and the traffic signals are still timed for what I assume is regular traffic hours,” he said in an email. “It is not uncommon to sit for 30 to 45 seconds and see no traffic moving through these intersections while waiting for a green light.”

The RTC said many valley traffic signals operate based on vehicle detection overnight from midnight to 5 a.m.

One of the traffic signals in question, at St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard, was recently adjusted for a construction project. That had extended the northbound light at that intersection, the RTC said. That traffic plan has been removed, so motorists should see improved traffic signal timing in the area.

Commuters with traffic light concerns can report those directly to the RTC via Waze, the traffic-navigation app. The app is available for free download in the iTunes app and Google Play stores.

New I-515 to the 215 Beltway configuration

The way motorists travel on Interstate 515 to the 215 Beltway westbound in Henderson will change starting this week, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The changes are the result of a three-month restriping project aimed at improving safety and reducing the heavy congestion that occurs during peak traffic hours and is caused by motorists entering I-515 from Auto Show Drive and entering the 215 Beltway at Gibson Road to a single exit-only lane.

Motorists will now exit I-515 at Lake Mead Parkway, just north of Auto Show Drive, where two lanes, separated by barrier walls, will lead them to the 215 Beltway westbound.

Those who exit toward Lake Mead Parkway will see the onramp reduced from two lanes to one, with access to the Gibson Road offramp eliminated, NDOT said.

Signs will be in place as the new configuration opens to traffic to allow motorists to adjust to the new route.

Neon to Nature app

Local officials want to remind Southern Nevada residents who enjoy the thousands of miles of trails in the valley that there’s an app for that.

The Neon to Nature app provides details of where residents can bike, walk or play around the valley, with options for pedestrians and cyclists of all ranges.

“It highlights all the trails throughout the entire valley,” said Johanna Murphy, principal planner for North Las Vegas. “Potential trail users can go to the app and look at the type of walking and cycling experiences they would have. If you’re more experienced with our trails, you can use the app to find new trails to explore other than those within (your) own neighborhoods.”

Each trail listing includes info, photos and a detailed map with the trail’s location, length and other features.

The app is available free in the iTunes app and Google Play stores.

Escape. Explore. Enjoy.

Questions and comments should be sent to roadwarrior@reviewjournal.com. Please include your phone number. Follow @RJroadwarrior on Twitter. Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

News Videos
Henderson fails to investigate the drug overdose death of one of its officers
Henderson Police Department's internal affairs did not investigate the 2014 drug overdose death of an officer. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Syphilis Awareness Day
Dr. Joe Iser, District Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, discusses the effects and issues with syphilis in the Las Vegas community on April 16, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas diocese IDs 33 ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse
The Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas released a list on Friday of 33 “credibly accused” of sexual abuse who at some point served in the Las Vegas Valley. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CCSD Arbor View meeting
The Clark County School Board hears from the public about racial tensions at Arbor View High School on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Amelia Park-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Parents of autistic student battle Clark County School District
Joshua and Britten Wahrer, parents of a special education student, are battling the Clark County School District for the right to equip their son with a monitoring device. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Metro homeless outreach a shift in strategy
Lt. Joe Sobrio discusses the new homeless outreach team for Metro. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Prayer for Opportunity Scholarships
Las Vegas students and adults hold a prayer meeting about the Opportunity Scholarship program on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Solar scams on the rise in Nevada
As Nevada’s solar industry has made a resurgence, solar scammers have followed suit.
Clark County schools and the late bus issue
Year after year, late or no-show buses in the Clark County School District draw the ire of parents and students alike. One year the problem even prompted a parent to crack a school bus window in frustration over a late drop-off. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
I-15 southbound congested near Primm Sunday afternoon
Drivers heading toward California on Interstate 15 should expect heavy traffic and a 13-mile backup Sunday afternoon.
Learning lifesaving skills in advance of fire season
Students and firefighters attend a training session at Fire Station 80 in Blue Diamond, Saturday, March 30, 2019. The training session helps volunteer firefighters obtain necessary annual certification to work wild fires.
Car restoration behind prison walls
Inmates share their experiences working for the Southern Desert Correctional Center auto body shop in Indian Springs while learning valuable skills.
Parent remembers Las Vegas boy killed by car
People visit a memorial at the intersection of South Fort Apache Road and West Arby Avenue at at Faiss Park Wednesday, March 27, 2019, where Jonathan Smith, 12, of Las Vegas, died after he was struck while crossing Fort Apache Monday. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Couple left with surprise medical bills after visit to the hospital
Michael Pistiner took his wife, Marta Menendez-Pistiner, to the ER in January after she fainted twice and appeared to be having a seizure. Despite paying $856 monthly for health insurance, the two, self-employed musicians, were stuck with more than $5,700 in hospital and doctor bills after than hour-and-a-half visit. Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Las Vegas police brief the media on fatal crash
Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Nick Farese addresses the media about a car accident at South Fort Apache Road and West Arby Avenue that left one minor dead and one hospitalized on Monday, March 25, 2019. (Mike Shoro/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Arbor View parent talks about racial issues at the school
Lawanna Calhoun, a former Arbor View parent, talks about the state of the school. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jim Foley talks about 30 years of living HIV-positive
Jim Foley, who was diagnosed as HIV positive 30 years ago, talks at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Traffic Slows to a Crawl on I-15S Near Primm
Traffic slowed to a crawl around 2:30p Sunday, on I-15S near Primm, Nevada.
Homeless residents speak about safety
The homeless residents living at the corner of Owens Ave. and Main St. reflect on how they feel about their safety after two homeless men died, one was hit crossing the street and another was beat to death by another homeless man. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
CCSD Superintendent address alleged racially motivated threats at Arbor View
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara gives update on alleged racially motivated threats against Arbor View High School, and says such threats will not be tolerated. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Super Bloom Near Lake Elsinore, California
Crowds packed the hills near Lake Elsinore on Saturday to capture a rare selfie amidst the super bloom of poppies turning the landscape purple. The super bloom was caused by the larger rainfall this year. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Fiery accident in Las Vegas
A three-car accident on Spring Mountain Road around 6:30 pm on Monday night
A bipartisan coalition holds simultaneous rallies to promote criminal justice
A bipartisan coalition holds simultaneous rallies to promote criminal justice. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Stardust implosion anniversary
Twelve years ago today, the Stardust Resort and Casino was imploded. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Lawsuits filed against security contractors at Nevada National Security Site
Two lawsuits were filed today against the current and former government security contractors for the Nevada National Security Site, one on behalf of Jennifer Glover who alleges sexual discrimination and assault and the other on behalf of Gus Redding who alleges retaliation after he gave statements supporting Glover’s claims. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New housing option helps Las Vegas moms keep kids while kicking drugs
WestCare Nevada Women and Children’s Campus in Las Vegas has added a new transitional housing wing for women who have completed the inpatient treatment at the behavioral health nonprofit to help them as they go through outpatient treatment, shore up their finances and prepare to secure long-term housing. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Teenager in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Henderson
Authorities were called about 2:45 p.m. to the scene in the 2100 block of Olympic Avenue, near Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road. The teenager was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Water Question Part 3: Conservation loves a crisis
Future growth in the Las Vegas Valley will rest almost entirely on the community’s ability to conserve its finite share of the Colorado River.
The Water Question Part 7: How much can we grow?
Many experts agree that Southern Nevada can continue to grow, so long as residents are willing to do what needs to be done to stretch our crucial resource as far as it will go.
The Water Question Part 6: How many people can Southern Nevada’s water sustain?
The number can swing wildly depending on a host of variables, including the community’s rates of growth, conservation efforts and the severity of drought on the Colorado River.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing