Rock and Roller Sammy Hagar sings about going 55 so he shouldn’t be driving West Maple in Omaha.
The City now has control of the four lane road from 168th all the way to Elkhorn. A two mile stretch still looks like a rural highway.
Omaha Traffic Engineer Todd Pfitzer says, “As development moves out there, there’ll be traffic signals at 180th and 192nd and it’s not going to be a through rural high speed corridor anymore.”
Pfitzer says reducing the speed limit from 55 to 45 will hopefully reduce the chance of accidents when drivers pull off or onto the four lane roadway.
Marian Nielsen lives near 180th and her driveway leds right onto West Maple. Nielsen says, “I think if you put something out here you’ll see nobody going 45.” She worries about pulling into her driveway because cars are coming up fast behind her. “Half of them don’t watch” says Nielsen.
The Channel Six Speed Zapper showed some vehicles traveling more than 60 miles an hour on West Maple right past the 45 speed limit sign.
Traffic engineers hope drivers will catch on to the lower speed limit.
Pfitzer says the 10 mile an hour difference only makes the trip from 168th and Elkhorn about 26 seconds longer.