The City of Lincoln is planning road construction projects to accommodate growth in the area of North 14th and Superior streets.
According to Randy Hoskins, Assistant Engineer of City Public Works, there are two design options. One involves expanding the intersection by adding lanes in all directions. The other option would be to construct a multi-lane roundabout.
Hoskins said about 5,000 cars pass through the intersection each day, backing up traffic during the busiest hours.
The city expects traffic to quadruple there in the near future. So it's trying to make improvements now.
"I think the thing that people have to keep in mind is the reason the traffic gets stacked up at the intersection is because of the red lights. If people were able to keep moving, slow speeds you don't get nearly the traffic buildup that you would if you are waiting on a red light," said Hoskins.
But Hoskins said the roundabout is the best option for the area. It will keep traffic flowing faster and safer.
"With a roundabout you have a lot fewer places where people can crash into eachother," said Hoskins. "Even if people were involved in crashes generally they're much less severe than someone getting hit at 40 miles an hour," Hoskins added.
According to Hoskins, The cost for a signalized intersection at 14th & Superior is estimated at $2.4 million. The cost of the proposed roundabout at that intersection is $1.7 million. With the addition of the two pedestrian under-crossings and the advance signals on the other two legs, the proposed roundabout project comes in at $2.4 million.
Officials said if the project is approved, construction could start a year from now and could take up to 2 years to complete.
Before plans are finalized, the project team wants to hear from the public.
Citizens are invited to learn more and share their opinion at the public meeting or through the project Web site at www.oasites.com/north14th