Lincoln, Neb.-- Matt Hoxmeier drives north on 27th St. to work each week - typically, 15 minutes there, and 15-20 minutes on the way home.
Hoxmeier knows first hand how stop-and-go that area can be, especially during peak commute times.
"How close the lights are on 27th," Hoxmeier said, "I think that's always a challenge.
"You feel like you don't go very far before you run into another red light, especially, with all the traffic turning on and off."
The city hopes to alleviate problems like this.
The city recently approved an Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) upgrade along 27th between O St. and Interstate 80.
City engineers expect it to be fully implemented by 2015, and will cost a total of $2 million.
Most of that bill will be paid by federal funding (about 90 percent), while the rest will come from the city.
"We wanted to increase the efficiency of traffic out there and get it moving," Shane Dostal, a city engineer, said.
Safety was another major concern.
According to city research, 1,148 traffic crashes occurred on the 27th St. corridor between 2010 and 2013, costing the Lincoln community an estimated $73 million.
Dostal said they expect this new system to decrease those crashes by 10 percent.
Dostal said one of their major concerns was adjusting for traffic on the major cross streets, like Vine St., Cornhusker Highway and Superior St.
But, Dostal said they've researched similar systems in other metropolitan areas across the country, and these changes are the right move for Lincoln.
For some Lincoln drivers, shorter drive times is all they needed to hear.
"That would be awesome," Denise Kobaschetz, of Lincoln, said, "That would be great. I would love it. Anything to get me through this street traffic faster, I'm all for it."