Atop the project recommendations in the city’s newly-unveiled transportation masterplan: reconfiguring a strip of Harney Street between 10th and 24th Streets to add a median and accommodate dedicated two-way bike lanes.
The master plan also sets out a list of other priority projects, including adding bike lanes on Howard Street and St. Mary’s Avenue and making improvements to stretches of 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th Streets. The study also recommends further expansion of 144th Street to a consistent four-lane highway and mentions an often-discussed metropolitan area beltway.
It also lists as priorities streetscape improvements in Dundee and a stretch of Park Avenue.
There’s a lot more to digest in the 93-page report. We plan to scrutinize it more in the near future. If you’re brave, give the plan a read.
But the study’s key takeaway is this: Omaha’s transportation system needs more balance between cars, bikes and pedestrians during the next quarter century of growth.
How it all gets paid for? Well, we’ll see…