Lights on East 4th could be removed, as well as others.
Several downtown traffic lights as well as the traffic light at Ninth and Willow would be removed if the city council approves the recommendations of a consultant from Lincoln. The council took a look at the number of traffic lights and their locations around town Tuesday during a work session.
Mark E. Lutjeharms of Schemmer Architects of Lincoln presented the results of a study that his firm conducted in October of motor vehicle traffic, pedestrian traffic and the history of accidents at several intersections.
In the study, several downtown intersections were listed as having potential for signals to be removed.
• East Fourth St. at the corners of Dewey, Bailey and Chestnut.
• Jeffers St. at Second, Third and Fifth.
Also, the study recommends removing the signal at Ninth and Willow, west of Lincoln Elementary.
Intersections under consideration for signals are Second and Willow, Buffalo Bill Ave and West A, and Fourth St at Tabor and at Bryan.
The study also includes information on crash data and lists these intersections where painted lane markers, wider turn lanes and better visibility are recommended.
• Philip Ave at Cottonwood and at Oak.
• Oak St. at B and at E.
• Sixth and Taft
• Newberry Road and Commerce Dr. (Commerce Drive is just south of Flying J, where semi-trucks leaving the truck stop pull onto Newberry.)
Councilman Brook Baker questioned Lutjeharms on the accuracy of the survey of pedestrian traffic near the splash park in Memorial Park on East Fourth and Lincoln Elementary near Ninth and Willow.
Baker noted that the study was conducted in October, when not many people are out walking.
“That’s a good question, but the weather was nice when we did the study,” Lutjeharms said.
Baker had been reading the 89-page study as Lutjeharms explained it to the council.
“Not according to your summary,” Baker said. “It shows temps in the 30s, and that’s pretty cold for a four-year-old to be out walking.”
Lutjeharms did not respond.
The council took the study under consideration. No further action is planned yet.