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Four-lane arterial street now connects Highway 6 and Highway 2
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today officially opened the new widened 84th Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony near the intersection of 84th Street and Old Cheney Road. The ceremony marked the completion of the last major section of a 10-mile project to extend and improve the City’s water delivery system and build a new four-lane north-south arterial street connecting two major highways in east Lincoln.
The project represents a $40.7 million investment in the Lincoln water and street infrastructure. The nine-year project was built in three phases. The prime contractors for the project were Constructors Inc. Dobson Brothers Construction Company, Pavers Inc. and Western Plains Construction Company. Project Consultants included Olsson Associates, The Schemmer Associates and Garber & Work. Funding partners included the Federal Highway Administration and the Nebraska Department of Roads.
“This project was all about Lincoln’s future,” Mayor Seng said. “When this project began, much of 84th Street was a rural blacktop road at the edge of the City. Today it is a major urban arterial street ready to serve the bustling growth occurring all around it. The road and water system improvements will benefit our City for years to come. It is great to finish this street.”
The most time-consuming part of the project was building a new 48-inch underground water main that extends more than seven miles. The project also required more than 350,000 square yards of new concrete street paving, the relocation of all major utilities and the installation of 11 sets of new traffic signals.
Although the street is open to traffic, some work still is being completed. After Thanksgiving, the private contractor will continue installing sidewalks, landscaping and other miscellaneous items, which may cause occasional partial lane closures along 84th Street and Old Cheney Road. The area will be seeded to grass next spring.
With the opening of 84th Street, drivers will be able to travel a convenient arterial street all the way from Highway 2 to Highway 6 in east Lincoln.
Combining the street construction and water main construction projects saved motorists from additional disruptions that would have resulted from building the projects separately, said City Public Works and Utilities Director Karl Fredrickson.
“I want to thank our citizens for their patience during this major undertaking,” Fredrickson said. “This project provides much-needed infrastructure improvements to serve our growing community.”
The 84th Street project also demonstrates the need for the RUTS (Rural to Urban Transition Streets) proposal, Fredrickson said. “If RUTS had been in place nine years ago, the traffic would never have been stopped for construction. We could have added lanes and underground infrastructure without totally closing the road.”
The new water line along 84th Street is essential for continued growth in south and east Lincoln, said Nick McElvain, Lincoln Water System Water Operations Support Manager. “This work enhances water delivery to the City and provides for continued growth,” he said. “The new water main will improve water pressure to new neighborhoods near 84th Street, enhance water delivery in new development areas and improve reliability for all our customers.”
Mayor Seng said 80th Street between Nob Hill Road and Dougan Drive also opened to through traffic today.