Live Well Omaha Kids (LWOK) is a coalition working collaboratively to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live a healthy life. Our efforts are successful because of the time, expertise, and resources that partners and community members bring to the table.
We’d like to introduce you to Jeff Riesselman, PE, PTOE, a City Traffic Engineer in the Public Works Department with the City of Omaha. He has been a champion of our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) efforts.
Jeff was born, raised and lives in Omaha. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UNL and has been a Traffic Engineer for 17 years as a consultant and public servant. Jeff spent three years reconstructing traffic accidents for litigation cases and has worked for the City of Omaha for the last two years. He became Public Works Traffic Division Manager last November. Congrats Jeff!
Jeff, tell us about your role with the City of Omaha and how you’ve helped create accessible opportunities for families and kids to be healthy:
Jeff: I manage the Traffic Division which is responsible for all traffic control and traffic calming design, temporary traffic control for construction activities, and studies of operations and safety as well as the maintenance of traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. I help families and kids to be healthy by engaging with the public, developers and various organizations interested in making our public right-of-ways more walkable and bikeable while maintaining safe and efficient movement for all road users.
What is one of your favorite/most meaningful projects you’ve worked on here in Omaha?
Jeff: As a consultant, I worked on the traffic study of TD Ameritrade Park and prepared design plans for the traffic improvements to the street network surrounding the stadium. While working for the City I was the lead traffic designer of the City’s first mini-roundabout at 63rd/Shirley which was put in place to slow traffic on 63rd Street and improve the safety of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists at this high crash location.
Live Well Omaha Kids would like to thank Jeff and the City of Omaha Public Works for their support of SRTS:
The crosswalks near Sacred Heart School (2205 Binney St.), Holy Name School (2901 Fontenelle Blvd.) and All Saints (1335 South 10th St.) were repainted. This was requested by Live Well Omaha Kids and all three schools as part of SRTS. Specifically, this allows the 500+ children attending these schools and their families to walk safer to and from school.
The pedestrian push button crossing time at 10th and William Street was lengthened to 43 seconds from 3:15-4pm. This was requested by Live Well Omaha Kids and All Saints Catholic School (Omaha) as part of SRTS. Specifically, this allows the children at All Saints to cross safer in large groups from their school to the Cabrini Parrish Center for after-school programming. The Completely KIDS site director brought this up during the walk audit debrief. This is beneficial for more than just the after-school participants! There are 153 students total at the school and we know that children use this crosswalk to walk home from school or meet up with their carpool.