Experiment With Stoplights

One of the most crash prone intersections in Omaha is the location for a safety experiment. It involves making the traffic signals more visible to approaching drivers.

28th and Farnam has been the scene of more than 60 accidents the past four years. Many drivers report not seeing the stoplights change.

So, the city added a bright yellow and reflective border around the lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer said a change in federal highway regulations allowed the experiment and he believes Omaha is one of the first cities to try it.

Pfitzer said the hope is that drivers will take a closer look of the traffic signals when approaching 28th and Farnam. He said accident data will be studied for up to a year to see if the bright frame around the stoplights makes a difference.


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