Omaha’s Sensible Roads program helps drivers throughout rush hour

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The city of Omaha is creating “smart roads” at some intersections.

Traffic lights are synchronized to work together and reduce the stop-and-go traffic that many of us experience.

“It’s going to make traveling in Omaha a lot easier because they’re going to talk to each other, and that journey down Dodge Street that a lot of people make every morning from west to east will be a lot easier in the future,” says Mayor Jean Stothert.

Existing traffic signal cabinets will be replaced by a larger cabinet with computer-controlled traffic signal controls. A more reliable technology replaces current sensors at intersections.

With the new MAXTIME software, an entire network of traffic signals can be monitored and coordinated with other intersections.

Stothert says, “If you drive from west to east and get off at 90 and Dodge and someone hit the crosswalk signal, the whole thing will be dropped for the whole morning. What is going to happen now is that the zebra crossing signal is hit and slows down there. It will talk to the next signal and the next signal and the next signal and it will run smoothly. “

It’s all connected by a fiber optic network. This adaptive signal control technology is now being used in Dodge Street and three other areas.

The city engineer says there are some improvements but the initial results are encouraging.

Mayor Stothert says backups on the 90th and Dodge will be a thing of the past.

The project is part of the city’s comprehensive transport plan. The drivers are hopeful that the rush hour worries will ease.

The other three areas where the system is installed are on 84th and West Centers, South 132nd Street, and South 144th Street.

Most of the funding comes from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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