Back to the Drawing Board

September 12, 2012 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Add another few hundred grand to the total spent in studying the area around 33rd and Cornhusker. The Railroad Transportation Safety District has approved another $200,000 for a follow-up study to an earlier study that was widely panned for being far outside the RTSD’s purview. The study is anticipated to cost much more than that before it’s finished.

I don’t have a lot of experience with the area around 33rd and Cornhusker, but it doesn’t take many trips through the neighborhood to recognize the potential for trouble. The intersections are awkward; there’s lots of traffic; and there are around 50 trains per day going through the area. If safety and traffic flow are your goals, then clearly something has to change.

Unfortunately, the problems being studied around 33rd and Cornhusker are just a small subset of a much larger problem. Nearly the entirety of Cornhusker Highway is a disaster. If I were king and I had a bottomless budget I’d bulldoze Cornhusker plus a block or two on either side of it, and I’d start fresh. If only.

Perhaps those of you with familiarity of the 33rd and Cornhusker area have some suggestions for what can be done. Or maybe somebody out there can just look at a map of the existing area and figure something out. Heck, if you come up with a fantastic plan, maybe the RTSD will pay you the $200K they’ve allotted.

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Matthew Platte September 12, 2012 at 2:57pm


Mr. Wilson September 12, 2012 at 3:41pm

The previously-proposed plan had two roundabouts but that was considered too extravagant. You’re proposing just one. ...


Matthew Platte September 12, 2012 at 7:02pm

I’m no traffic engineer and neither are you. I’ve looked at the map, I’ve looked at maps of roundabouts in England and other places.  This looks like a roundabout solution. Or two. I think three roundabouts is at least one too many.

Thus I propose a roundabout at 33rd & Adams. You can metaphorically shoot me. Fine.

Previously, I proposed two-way bike lanes on 12th Street and two-way auto traffic on P Street: *all* solutions developed by actual traffic engineers yet rejected due to “other” considerations.

So sorry to have responded like the moron/RTSD sycophant I clearly am; I’ll try to do better in the future.  See the plumbers’ post…

Mr. Wilson September 12, 2012 at 7:15pm

You misunderstood what I was saying. I wasn’t mocking you, I was poking fun at (a) Lincoln’s newfound love for roundabouts as a solution for all traffic woes, and (b) the RTSD’s earlier too-extravagant proposal. They say 2 roundabouts is too fancy, so clearly 1 roundabout is better. That’s the joke I thought you were making.

Long story short, I wasn’t picking on you at all. Or rather I didn’t mean to. Promise!

Errandbug Restaurant Delivery September 14, 2012 at 7:05am

Not really trying to play devil’s advocate.  But personally I always kind of liked the general flow of the intersections on cornhusker.  Obviously they could use some changes…ie, bridges or underpasses.  Basically we have two choices…move the railroad up on on berm and smaller railroad bridges over the roads and the streets under them.  Which is probably the far cheaper options.  Or bump the roads up and over the railroad bridges.  The two current raid bridges are designed poorly…ie, the roads dip under the rail bridges and flood when it rains hard.  The rails need to be moved up on a 20-30 foot berm and the roads leveled out beneath them.  This is really the only good solution…and yep, they can send be about $10k for solving the solution for them.  Pocket the other $190k for the designers and engineers to do the design work.  I will even do some sketches for them if they like.  scribble, scribble, here is a berm, rail tracks, road like so.  Tada!  Just saved you money…now lets talk about your car insurance.

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