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Traffic Control Signal Removal Field Study

About the Project

The City of Omaha is currently upgrading all the traffic control signals citywide through a multi-phase multi-year project. As part of the initial stage of each phase of the project, the City reviews the existing traffic control signals to determine if any of nine signal warrants, as defined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are still met. In order for investment to be made to upgrade the signal, it must meet the required warrant criteria. The signal warrants evaluated account for vehicle and pedestrian volumes, wait time, gaps in traffic, and crashes. According to FHWA, removal of un-warranted signals can:
  • remove excessive wait times at the intersection
  • remove disobedience of the signal indications (red light running)
  • decrease use of inappropriate routes (vehicles avoiding signals)
  • decrease the number of collisions
Following the City’s Traffic Control Signal Removal Policy, traffic control signals that do not meet any warrant threshold are turned off for an evaluation period of approximately 60 days. During the evaluation period, the City monitors operations, collects additional data, and reviews public input. At the end of the evaluation period, the data and observations collected in the field will be summarized and presented to the Public Works Director. Locations with documented satisfactory conditions during the field study will have the existing traffic signals permanently removed.
Please use the following link to provide your comments/concerns regarding the potential removal of a traffic control signal at a specified location. The city will attempt to field verify any descriptions of long wait times, vehicle spill back or dangerous conditions. Providing specific details on time and duration of occurrences is most helpful. 
Please refer to the project link for more information on the traffic control signal upgrade project HERE.