Safety Is A One Way Street

Old habits are hard to change and drivers in a south Omaha neighborhood are finding its not easy to go one way. But city engineers took safety in that direction in attempt to reduce truck traffic for two blocks on Pierce street.

Tom Zahm lives near sixth and Pierce. Zahm said, 'It's great because there will be less traffic especially trucks." And the city said there will be plenty of trucks coming to a new sewer lift station being built. Perhaps a ten fold increase in truck traffic. City Engineer Todd Pfitzer said making Pierce one way eastbound from sixth to eighth is one solution to neighborhood concerns about safety. Hopefully trucks will take a truck route a few blocks over.

Monday police worked the area to send the message. But Tuesday several drivers were going the wrong way.

Zahm said, 'It will take some educating drivers." But he and several neighbors hope the change from a two lane street will make Pierce street safer. The neighborhood association in this part of ''Little Italy" has concerns that the change in direction won't be enough. The neighborhood association would like to see an alternate road built east of the industrial area that heads south away from the neighborhood.

The city engineer said other options are still being explored.

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