10th Street To Become More Pedestrian Friendly

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Omaha City Council members recently passed a new master plan to make the 10th Street area from Pacific to I-80 more pedestrian friendly.

With high gas prices and the expense of a car, many people in Omaha are choosing to walk instead of drive if they can. Steven and Jackie Torpy live near 10th and Dodge. “We walk everywhere since we moved down here, so we don’t use the car nearly as much as we used to," says Steven.

They also like to walk to stay healthy and they often walk down 10th Street for exercise. They aren’t the only ones who are starting to hit the sidewalk instead of the road. Max Nelson says, “It’s nice just to walk, to get out and walk around.”

City Council members say they’ve noticed this shift and that’s why they recently passed a new master plan for the area. The plan includes making the area more pedestrian friendly.

According to Councilman Garry Germandt, some of the ideas are to widen sidewalks and make sure they are far enough away from the curb to prevent accidents. Also, enhance bus stops and put in benches.

Germandt says all the details will need to be worked out and that will be what the planning board is in charge of.

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