City Of Omaha
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183
Automobile traffic increased in Downtown Omaha with the expansion of the city’s urban core in the mid-1900’s and roadways such at 24th Street were widened to accommodate the increasing traffic demand. As the city expanded west, and the US-75 and I-480 freeways were constructed, traffic has decreased in the Downtown core and shifted west leaving roadways such as 24th Street with excess capacity.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan identified the 24th Street / Fort Crook corridor from John J Pershing Drive in north Omaha to Capehart Road in south Bellevue as a future bike facility by repurposing the roadway to accommodate other modes of travel, in addition to automobiles. The City of Omaha has taken the initiative through several projects, as shown in the graphic to the right, to implement MAPA’s plan and repurpose the 24th Street corridor.
The 24th Street Lane Reconfiguration project, as shown in green on the graphic to the right, begins at Seward Street and ends at Cuming Street. This section of roadway serves as a major connection to several commercial districts, recreational areas, and Creighton University.
The project will resurface the existing roadway and reconfigure/restripe the lanes on 24th Street from a 4-lane roadway to a 3-lane roadway with a shared center left-turn lane and designated bike lanes on both sides of the street.