Traffic increases as Lincoln continues to reopen
When you get in your car and you travel down the street or on the highways, you may notice a difference in traffic before the quarantines, and now during the pandemic.
When you get in your car and you travel down the street or on the highways, you may notice a difference in traffic, before the quarantines and now during the pandemic.
“Initially we saw that morning and evening traditional peak drive times volumes were lower but they were not as low as the mid-day change was,” says Byrne.
LTU Engineering Service Manager Tim Byrne says as the pandemic began, traffic volumes dropped 35 to 40 percent, with the largest decrease in travel being during the day.
Now, more people are traveling during daylight hours as the city continues to reopen and one local has noticed.
“At the beginning of COVID-19 there was no traffic, like the five o’clock traffic jams but now two months later it’s pretty much back to normal every one’s back at their jobs and stuff and the five o clock traffic jams are coming back,” said Cameron Wilson.
“Now we’re seeing a shift in those again so that while morning and evening peaks are still lower, the mid-day drive period is increasing,” said Byrne.
Byrne adds the decrease in traffic helped speed up road work and drivers should be mindful and aware when returning to the highways.
“Traffic volume has helped street construction out,” says Byrne. “When we have less vehicles on the road, it allows those crews to mobilize in and out of areas more efficiently get more work done. So, it helps increase the safety of the work zones.”
Wilson remains optimistic that traffic is a sign of normalcy.
“I’m glad to see everyone back on the road and everything and hopefully everyone stays safe and drives safe,” added Wilson.