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To improve drivers safety and reduce travel time, signal lights on Dodge Street changed

OMAHA, Nebraska – The Public Works Department of the City of Omaha made the announcement on Monday that there will be adjustments made to the Dodge Street corridor that will aid increase efficiency.

The traffic engineering division’strategically’ altered the signal timings at 37 junctions along Dodge, Harney, and Farnam streets between 67th and 33rd streets, as stated in a press release issued by the public works department.

Since she was eight years old, Avery Schnitker has been employed at the Dundee Double Shot coffee shop, which is located just off of 50th and Dodge. Her daily transportation is a Dodge.

“I’ll go from 50th and Dodge all the way to 132nd so, pretty much every evening,” she said. “That’s pretty much how often I travel.”

Driving on public roads may be a nerve-wracking, risky, and time-consuming experience.

She thinks that a lot of people are focusing on winning a race rather than simply making it home safely. “A lot of people are attempting to win a race.”

But now the city argues that due of the modification, both the safety of Dodge and the travel times on Dodge will be enhanced. According to the city’s calculations, changing the timing of the lights at intersections might save travel times by up to twenty percent during periods of peak traffic.

Schnitker continues by saying, “I would not say that I have not noticed any benefits [yet], but that clearly is a good notion in theory.”

In order to assist in making traffic signals’more responsive to side-street traffic,’ further adjustments were made to traffic lights during non-peak hours.

The press release from the city doesn’t disclose when the adjustments were implemented for the first time, but it does say that the measure will increase pedestrian safety.

At 72 separate crosswalks, the pedestrian crossing lights have been reprogrammed so that people on foot can start crossing the road before the green light is given to motorists turning left or right. According to the city, this provides pedestrians with the opportunity “to establish a more visible presence in the crossing.”

In the press release, it is said that “cycle lengths at Dodge Street signals were shortened throughout 18 hours of a normal weekday, resulting in lower overall delays for pedestrians as well as automobiles.”

In addition, in terms of collisions, the city estimates that the traffic light adjustments will lower the number of collisions by more than fifty, which is something that Schnitker asserts is unquestionably required.

“The crossroads at 50th and Dodge, in particular, I see a crash at least once a week or once every two weeks, we watch it all the time,” the witness said. “It may be once a week or once every two weeks.”

According to the city’s calculations, the modifications will result in a reduction of 427 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the savings of more than 48,000 gallons of gas, and the reduction of 30,300 hours of travel time for cars in Omaha.

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