16th Street and Vine Street – UNL City Campus
In August 2017, the following changes were made to city streets on the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s (UNL) city campus:
- Converted N. 16th Street from one-way to two-way traffic flow between “Q” Street and “W” Street. (N. 16th Street was already two-way north of “W” Street.)
- Implemented bike lanes in N. 16th Street between “R” Street and “X” Street.
- Implemented bike lanes in Vine Street between N. 16th Street and Antelope Valley Parkway.
- Removed traffic signals at the following locations with intersections converted to all-way stop sign control:
- N. 16th Street & “W” Street
- N. 16th Street & Vine Street
- N. 16th Street & “S” Street
- N. 16th Street & “R” Street
- N. 17th Street & “R” Street
- N. 17th Street (ped signal at approximately “S” Street)
- Added metered, parallel parking along “R” Street, between N. 16th and N. 17th streets
This project will help to realize one of the last, unachieved objectives of the Antelope Valley (AV) project. During the early planning activities for the AV project, N. 16th and N. 17th Streets carried a combined 30,000 vehicles per day through UNL campus. One of the goals of the AV project was to reduce this traffic volume to 7,000 per day, however, 17,000 vehicles are still using N. 16th and N. 17th Streets on a daily basis.
To this end, UNL incorporated into their campus master plan, “Plan Big,” a concept to incorporate the above listed changes. This concept will help to improve pedestrian safety and access for the student bicycle population. The City of Lincoln Public Works & Utilities Department PW/U and UNL recently collaborated on a traffic study to evaluate the impacts of this concept and agreed to move forward with further planning and implementation activities.
By eliminating six existing traffic signals, the City of Lincoln Public Works & Utilities will save an estimated $1.25M in operations and maintenance over the 30-year average lifespan of a traffic signal. Additionally, with each of these six signals nearing or already beyond the end of their useful life, the City of Lincoln will save an estimated $1.25M in capital costs that would otherwise be needed to rebuild these six signals.
Consider Alternate Routes
As UNL grows up around 16th and 17th Streets, there is a greater need to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The Antelope Valley Parkway was built as the higher-speed option for commuters to make their way to campus or other areas of the city.
- If UNL is not your final destination, please find an alternate route (likely by using Antelope Valley Parkway) to bypass City campus. Less traffic means safer streets for students. This would also reduce commute times and help open the street for StarTran buses serving the University area. In the map below, motorists who do not have to drive on campus streets (shown in red) are asked to use the alternate routes shown in green.
- If your final destination is UNL City Campus, consult the map below for available campus entry points shown as yellow dots. (They may even get you closer to your destination.) Again, for the safety of students, traffic on 16th and 17th streets should be limited to pedestrians, bicyclists, campus trips and bus routes. Motorists (specifically students, faculty, staff and campus visitors) are encouraged to use alternate campus entry points, other than Antelope Valley Parkway & Vine.
Mark Lutjeharms, Sr. Engineer
City of Lincoln, Traffic Engineering