Paint Patrol

The taggers are back at it. Eastbound motorists on Interstate 80 can see more graffiti has been painted on the "Q" street overpass.

Gary Forman from the Nebraska Department of Roads maintenance division says they're working weekly on removing graffiti from overpasses or signs.

Forman says, "Ninety percent of it is gang related. Most of it's appearing in south Omaha and now it's coming out west. We're getting more and more graffiti out west and it doesn't appear to be kids making pictures. It appears to be gang signs."

That worries Mike Foley who lives near 116th and R.

"I don't like it, that's for sure," Foley says. "That's one of the reasons we moved west was to get away from things like that."

Forman says the roads department tries to get the vandalism removed or covered as soon as possible.

He says it costs thousands of dollars each year just in the Omaha area alone.

"For the amount of graffiti we get out there, people have to see, or somebody has to see them out there doing this," Forman says.

With so many people having cell phones Forman says he can't believe that no one gets caught in the act. He speculates that people probably don't know who would field a call like that but he says the answer is simple: Call 911.

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