Omaha time capsule: Mayor orders board to restudy truck route

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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 12:00 am

January 18, 1968: Mayor A.V. Sorensen ordered his new Traffic Safety Advisory Committee to restudy a proposed downtown truck route. At the same time, it was learned that the Omaha Chamber of Commerce had withdrawn its support of the proposed route. This, according to City Design Engineer Burt Whedon, was one reason the route was not marked or put into effect. The route was designed to keep heavy trucks off Douglas and Harney Streets between 14th and 19th Streets.

1948: Omahans last year paid $560,294 in pensions to policemen's widows and former public school teachers, police and firemen. Salary contributions of $163,350 swelled the fund to $725,645, Walter L. Pierpoint, president of the Association of Omaha Taxpayers, Inc., reported. The contributions came from police, firemen and teachers still working. Estimating Omaha's population at 240,000, Pierpoint said, the $560,294 broke down to a cost of $2.33 per capita.

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