Traffic data shows Omaha congestion is getting worse

Jun 12, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A company that tracks travel data says road congestion in the Omaha area is getting worse.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that data released by TomTom International BV shows the Omaha-Council Bluffs area has experienced increasing traffic congestion between 2017 and 2018.

The company's global Traffic Index has found that after tracking 310 million local travel miles, trips around the Omaha area take 14% longer than they would without congestion, up from 13% a year earlier.

But when it comes to the evening rush hour, the report indicates that Omaha's congestion spikes by 33%. It says an evening journey that should take 20 minutes actually takes nearly 27.

City and state transportation officials are working on a plan to improve the city's transit system and expanding Interstate 80 to six lanes.