South 13th Street Improvement Project Enhancing Safety, Traffic Flow and Economic Opportunity
The goal of this project is to make S. 13th Street, from South Street to Lincoln Mall, safer and more efficient while also enhancing the mobility of all modes of travel.
- This project will:
- Convert an undivided four-lane street into a three-lane street with a center two-way, left-turn lane
- Install rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) on S. 13th Street at “D” and “F” streets with new crosswalks and curb ramps (see below)
- Add designated bike lane in each direction on S. 13th Street
Street Improvement Work Plan
To minimize impacts to residents, businesses and commuters, the City’s work plan includes an accelerated schedule, Sunday and overnight work, and access for emergency vehicles.
|Type of Work||When is it Planned?||What Should I Expect?|
|Remove unused traffic equipment||Oct. 1 - 17||
Temporary lane closures
|Improve curb ramps
Install flashing beacons at “D” St. and “F” St. crosswalks
|Oct. 1 - 17||
Temporary sidewalk and lane closures
|Street Closed in Sections –
South Street to Lincoln MallRemove old and install new pavement markings
1 p.m., Sun., Oct. 21 to 6 a.m., Mon., Oct. 22
7 p.m., Mon., Oct. 22 to 6 a.m., Tue., Oct. 23
|IF NEEDED Complete unfinished work||7 p.m., Tue., Oct. 23 to 6 a.m., Wed., Oct. 24||
|Enable flashing beacons at “D” St. and “F” St. crosswalks||By noon, Wed., Oct. 24||
*All dates and times scheduled are weather dependent
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
A rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) uses flashing yellow lights at a crosswalk to warn drivers of pedestrians. The City utilizes them where there is no stop sign or traffic signal and there is significant pedestrian traffic.
Pedestrians push the button on the crosswalk sign to start the flashing lights. Drivers slow down and yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians should ensure cars have stopped before crossing the street.
Parking, Driveway and Alley, and Bus Use Oct. 21 – 23
- How will I access my home or business during the planned work?
- When S. 13th Street is closed for work, residents and businesses will not be able to use private driveways or alleys that intersect with it. No parking will be allowed on S. 13th Street while this work is being conducted. Sidewalks will remain open so properties can be reached on foot. Side streets will remain open for east/west travel and for on-street parking as needed. The portion of S. 13th Street in front of individual properties will be closed for less than 18 consecutive hours.
- Why are crosswalks at “D” and “F” streets getting flashing beacons?
- RRFBs will increase pedestrian safety at these crosswalks. They are located along school and high foot traffic routes and near the F Street Community Center.
- Will on-street parking along S. 13th Street change as a result of this project?
- S. 13th Street, north of “A” Street, will continue without on-street parking. Additionally, in accordance with public feedback received on this project, on-street parking on S. 13th Street, between South and “A” streets, will be maintained along the west curb and will be removed along the east curb. There will also be a temporary parking restriction along the west curb while work is being completed.
- How will the planned work affect the bus route(s)?
- StarTran buses will operate as scheduled. If needed, buses and bus stops will be detoured to 11th Street between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. week nights. Detours will be marked at affected bus stops, and posted at startran.lincoln.ne.gov. The city will continue to evaluate future transit enhancements along S. 13th Street.
The mixed-use character of 13th Street between South Street and Lincoln Mall, as well as the proximity to downtown Lincoln, attracts residents traveling to and through the area using all modes of transportation. The average daily traffic volume along 13th Street makes it an ideal candidate for conversion from a four-lane to three-lane street, according to Federal Highway Administration standards.
A Federal Highway Administration study found that the conversion of such a facility reduces the total number of crashes by approximately 29 percent.
A three-lane street is safer and more efficient than a four-lane, undivided street
- Converting Four-lane Streets to Three-lane Streets
- One lane of traffic removed
- Center two-way, left-turn lane added
- Traffic capacity and flow maintained or enhanced
- Pedestrians cross fewer lanes of calmer traffic
- Easier turns into driveways and side streets
- Increased business visibility and customer access
- Bicycle traffic served with excess street surface
Several features contribute to the enhanced safety of a three-lane street:
- Better use of lanes calms traffic, reduces weaving, enhances pedestrian safety, and reduces left-turn conflicts.
- Two-way, left-turn lanes reduce left-turn, head-on, sideswipe, and rear-end crashes by separating opposing traffic and dedicating a lane for left-turns.
- Dedicated space for different modes of travel enhances travelers’ awareness of other travelers on the street.
Comparing Performance of Existing Three-Lane and Four-Lane Streets
To understand how a three-lane street would perform, Lincoln residents only need to travel farther south on 13th Street.
At South Street, 13th Street turns into a three-lane street with a two-way, left-turn lane. Side-by-side comparisons of four-lane 13th Street with three-lane 13th Street show the potential for increased safety and increased traffic volumes with a three-lane design.
The portion of South 13th Street that is already three lanes carries 40 percent more traffic but has a 65 percent lower crash rate.
The Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Lincoln Sustainability Coordinator, secured a $150,000 “Partners for Places” grant to help pay for the project.
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Mark Lutjeharms City of Lincoln Traffic Engineering Manager 402-441-7711 | firstname.lastname@example.org