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Redesigned 24th Street corridor paves way for enhanced safety, community connections

24th St. Ribbon CuttingA brand new 24th Street debuted Thursday morning as Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and LaVonya Goodwin, BA’96, president of a newly created North Omaha business improvement district, cut the ribbon on a $6.8 million redesign.

The street, which has defined Creighton University for most of its 140-year history, has been reduced to one lane in either direction as it passes through campus, with monument signs announcing the presence of the campus. A four-exit roundabout, where one of the monument signs will rest, has been installed at Cass Street and will be known as Haddix Circle in honor of Creighton alumnus and trustee emeritus George Haddix, PhD, MA’66, and his wife, Susan.

Bicycle lanes, public bus stops and landscaping are also part of the project.

Creighton’s share of the cost was $2.9 million, while the City of Omaha contributed $3.9 million. Fr. Hendrickson thanked Stothert for the city of Omaha’s financial partnership. He said safety concerns as students cross 24th Street will be greatly alleviated.

“By changing the high-traffic corridor from four lanes to two, adding bike lanes, and enhancing it with greenspace, the beautiful roundabout at Cass Street, and so much more, we now have a safer, much more attractive hub to our campus, a true gateway to historic North Omaha, and, indeed, a bridge between Omaha’s south and north neighborhoods,” he said.

North Omaha is approaching an era of change, Stothert said, and the 24th Street redesign fits well with the city’s commitment to the Complete Streets vision of urban renewal that calls for bicycle lanes and enhanced options for public transportation.

“Thank you, Fr. Hendrickson, for Creighton’s leadership in the future development of North 24th Street,” Stothert said, welcoming the relationship between the University and the newly created North 24th Street Business Improvement District.

“Business Improvement Districts give businesses and neighbors the opportunity to be involved in plans that benefit everyone, including transit and safety, beautification, and development,” she said. “There are exciting times ahead here on North 24th Street, and I look forward to our continued work together.”

Goodwin, president of the board of directors of the 24th Street Business Improvement District, welcomed the redesign as a “new gateway” to North Omaha.

“This grand new entrance serves as a reminder that all are welcome on North 24th Street, at Creighton, past Cuming to Lake Street and beyond,” she said. “It is symbolic of beauty, revitalization and represents an impetus of the work that must continue to ensure that all of the sidewalks are walkable and the streets are safe to navigate throughout the North 24th Street corridor.”

The chairman of the Creighton University Board of Trustees, Mike McCarthy, stressed the ongoing commitment of the Society of Jesus, which has led Creighton since it founding. “This is part of the great Jesuit tradition of wanting more, more for our city, and better, and I think we're all signed up to that,” he said. “This transformation is another step toward that, so thank you to Omaha for making this possible.”

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