Beginning Saturday, May 20, and continuing for several weeks, crews will be on the Dodge Campus to implement changes to current traffic flow.
These changes, which will improve safety for our community and guests while also complying with national traffic standards, come after careful consideration of input from UNO staff, as well as local traffic engineers, as part of a UNO traffic control improvement effort. Changes include:
- The intersection at University Drive West (67th Street) and University Drive North will see the most notable change. The stop sign requiring northbound traffic to stop will be removed, allowing northbound traffic to flow, just as southbound traffic does already. Traffic coming from Dodge Street and turning east onto University Drive North will now yield to the oncoming traffic. Traffic from the Thompson Alumni Center and traffic traveling west on University Drive North will continue to stop and yield to the University Drive West traffic.
- There will be a change to the intersection in front of the Lot J parking structure, in between Maverick Village and the UNO Child Care Center, as the turn radius will be tightened. The intent is to require traffic to come to a complete stop in this area. This will lessen the ability for a driver to drive through the stop sign and make the turn northbound onto University Drive West at moderate speeds. This change will also bring additional enforcement of stop sign adherence. A benefit of this change is enhanced safety for the children and staff of the Child Care Center as they travel to and from the building.
- All narrow speed bumps will be removed throughout Dodge Campus, but the wider speed tables will remain. A review will continue to determine the need for additional speed/pedestrian tables.
- Additional speed limit signs will be added throughout campus, including the addition of electronic speed signs.
- Stop signs will be removed for the eastbound and westbound traffic of University Drive North in front of the Eppley Administration Building.“STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS” signs will be added on the road. These traffic signs are found to be noticed more by drivers and allow traffic to pass when pedestrians are not present. The responsibility to stop for or yield to pedestrians in those crosswalks will remain with the drivers of the vehicles. Additional traffic calming devices are under consideration in this area.
- Crews will standardize sign height and size in many locations, removing signs associated with old speed bumps, and reviewing landscape to be esnure visability.
The UNO Department of Public Safety is committed to assuring the roads around campus are safe for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It is imperative the community drive safely and comply with all traffic control devices, including coming to a complete stop at all remaining stop signs, obeying the speed limit, and yielding to pedestrians. Compliance is the ultimate goal, but education and enforcement will increase with these changes.
Please remember to wear your seatbelt and do not text and drive. Join the UNO community to spread the message to others, including guests who may visit campus.