The newly developed Traffic Signal System Master Plan was recently approved by the Omaha City Council. This plan will integrate the entire traffic signal system network into a more seamless system and allow for a much needed upgrades to an aging system. A safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system is a vital component of a healthy and successful community. In Omaha, like many other cities, the level of safety, efficiency, and reliability is closely related to the performance of its traffic signal system. Traffic signals affect the lives of most citizens on a daily basis. While the green, yellow, red operation of the signals seems simplistic, it is an output of a complex system of computers, sensors, and communications that works in harmony to:
- Allow conflicting traffic movements to alternately pass through an intersection safely
- Efficiently progress traffic through a series of traffic signals to minimize congestion
- Allow pedestrians to safely cross busy streets
- Give priority to emergency vehicles, such as police cruisers, fire engines, and ambulances
In the City of Omaha, the Traffic Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of the City’s 1,000 plus traffic signal system. While the Traffic Engineering Division conducts many other important functions, the content of this master plan is solely focused on the traffic signal system, including its infrastructure, functionality, and staff.
The goal of the this project is to develop a clear and flexible traffic signal system master plan that results in the right sized traffic signal system, providing value, improved safety, improved traffic operations, increased efficiency, and public support well into the future. This master plan can then be used to program projects, obtain funding, and upgrade the traffic signal system in a systematic and comprehensive manner over the next 10 years.
See the details of the Master Plan in the below link (Large file may take time to download: 28mb)