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City says its ready for CWS & swim trials crowds

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 19:14:28-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The College World Series starts in 10 days, the Olympic swim trials start 10 days after that, throughout the 24 days of competition thousands of people will pack into the north downtown Omaha area.

Avoiding major traffic jams and issues on sidewalks and streets leading to and from TD Ameritrade Park and Centurylink Center is important to make the city look as good as possible Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says. 
This will be the second year Omaha traffic engineers will monitor intersections around the stadium and arena using live traffic cameras and sensors which send real-time information to a computer system.

If problems arise such as crowds ballooning to unsafe sizes or a crash that requires cars and trucks to be re-routed engineers can adjust stoplight and crosswalk timing to move people through the area faster said Omaha traffic engineer Todd Pfitzer.

This year, officials estimate a half a million people will visit the Omaha stadium district during the College World Series and the swim trials.