16th Street reopens, North Shore work to begin April 8

16th Street opens and NDOT's traffic signal upgrade work moves to North Shore Drive

The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s contractor - IES Commercial, Inc. of Holdrege took the traffic signal at Burlington Avenue and 16th Street out-of-service on Monday, March 11 and completed the upgrade work on Tuesday, April 2 and put the signals into temporary flash mode.  

The intersection was upgraded with all new signal cable, a new controller, a radio antenna for interconnect, and radar vehicle detection. New traffic signal poles were installed in the SW and NE quadrants of the intersection to accommodate longer mast arms and new signal heads with flashing yellow arrows for left turning traffic on Burlington Ave. 

On Thursday, April 4, NDOT Traffic Signal engineers programmed the controller and took the signals from flash mode to normal operation. Now that the signals are operating normally, the construction signs, barricades & cones were removed to fully open the intersection.

Upgrade of North Shore Drive traffic signals to start

The contractor is moving to the intersection of North Shore drive to pour the concrete foundation for a new traffic signal pole in the northeast quadrant of the intersection. The traffic signals at the North Shore Drive intersection will be taken out-of-service on Monday, April 8. 

While the traffic signals are offline, North Shore Drive will remain open, but will be closed to the highway and there will be no left turning allowed for traffic on the highway.

The new traffic signal pole will accommodate a longer mast arm with a signal head for northbound left turning traffic. When the intersection traffic signal upgrade is completed, motorists on U.S. Hwy 34/281 at North Shore Drive will have flashing yellow left turn arrows. The project is also replacing all of the signal cable, installing a new controller, and adding antennas for interconnect.

According to NDOT and the contractor, the hope is to finish the North Shore Drive upgrade work and put the signals into temporary flash mode by Friday, April 12. The goal is to schedule the NDOT’s Traffic Signal Engineers to program the signals during the first part of the week of April 15. Once the signal is back in normal operation, the construction signs, barricades & cones will be removed and the intersection fully opened to all traffic.

Published Date: 04/ 4/2024

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