During the process of updating the City of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan, numerous streets were identified that were designed for higher traffic volumes than they currently serve.  One of these streets was South 24th Street from Leavenworth to L. It was designed as four lanes – two travel lanes in each direction – prior to the building of the US-75 Kennedy Freeway.
The City of Omaha has proposed doing a “road diet” on South 24th Street as a way to make it safer and to better fit the commercial and residential context of the neighborhoods surrounding it. The road diet would involve converting South 24th Street to three lanes – one travel lane in each direction plus a middle turn lane. In February 2012, the City of Omaha was awarded $1.2 million in Transportation Enhancement funding for completing the road diet.
Since a road diet is a new process in Omaha that would affect the lives of thousands of South Omaha residents and visitors, the decision was made to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the proposal. HIAs are used to better inform decisions made outside the health sector about likely impacts on health and health equity.
Surveys of community members and South Omaha business owners were used to determine what issues to include in the HIA. Additional community engagement, review of the scientific literature, analysis of speed and crash data, and other methods were used to determine the likely impact on the health of South Omaha residents.

You can review the entire HIA overview or use the 1 page English/Spanish overview to share with your neighborhood.