The green light project gets underway

Lincoln In hopes of improving the flow and safety of Lincoln traffic, the Green Light Project started working on intersections throughout the city. Crews started installing new hardware along Highway 2, including vertical traffic signals and flashing yellow arrow signals for left turn movements.

City officials said it has been over a decade since the city has seen any type of hardware upgrade, and they hope to get Lincoln lined up with national standards through these upgrades.

"Right now we have a budget of about 2 to 2 and half million dollars per year. We hope to continue to these signal timing upgrades on future phases so that we can hit all of our corridors on a 3 to 5 year recurring basis," said Mark Lutjharms, senior traffic engineer for the city of Lincoln.

City officials said drivers will likely see the difference in hardware immediately as the new signals go up. The Green Light also includes changes to signal timing with new censors that will keep main corridors of highway open for traffic until with little to no stopping at red lights.

"The new signal timings that'll be implemented at that same time, but then we'll be doing some studies next fall to quantify how the changes in signal timings and the equipment that's being implemented affect travel time for motorist," said Lutjharms.

Lutjharms said drivers won't see the difference in signal timings until the project is completed in July or August.