City of Lincoln
2013 Media Releases
- August 15, 2013
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
- Thomas Shafer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-525-5644
- Mary Jo Oie, NDOR, 402-479-4512
State Proposes $5.7 Million Investment on Highway Improvements in Lincoln
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) plans to invest over $3.1 million in the State Highway system within Lincoln's City limits during 2013 and 2014. With another $2.6 million possible in 2015, about $5.7 million will be used to improve over 32 miles of highways in the City.
"The City maintains over 1,200 miles of streets, and over the last three years, we've only been able to improve 39 miles," Mayor Beutler said. "This large investment by the State will help to stretch existing local funds used in pavement preservation and repair City-wide. I want to thank NDOR central and district offices for partnering with our City Public Works and Utilities Department to fund these needed improvements."
About $4.5 million came from the $21 million the NDOR saved through the competitive bidding process on State-wide highway construction projects. Earlier, NDOR and the City of Omaha announced that $12.4 million would potentially be used in the Omaha area. Omaha has 574 State highway lane miles compared to 211 in Lincoln. The remaining funding for Lincoln ($1.28 million) will come through the District Engineer's annual operations maintenance budget. This funding can only be used on pavement preservation and maintenance projects on State highways, links and spurs within the City limits.
"The City used its pavement management system along with input from State maintenance forces to determine how to get the best bang for the buck," said Miki Esposito, Director of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. "Spending $1 in preventative maintenance now can save between $8 and $15 in more costly repair work later. These improvements will benefit motorists and taxpayers in general."
More information on the planned improvements will be available on the City website, lincoln.ne.gov, in the near future.
Work done during the 2013 construction season:
- Cornhusker Highway/State Highway 6 from N. 52nd to N. 84th (spring and summer)
- Asphalt portions of Sun Valley Blvd./State Highway 6 from "O" to N. 10th (August)
Projects planned for the 2014 and/or 2015 construction seasons:
- N. 56th/State Highway Link L55-X from Cornhusker Highway to north City limits
- Concrete portions of East "O"/State Highway 34 -
- 25th to 29th
- 32nd to 34th
- 43rd to 45th
- 83rd to 87th
- Concrete portions of Sun Valley Blvd./State Highway 6 from 11th to Cornhusker Highway
- Sealing concrete on East "O" from 52nd to Wedgewood
- Adding a thin asphalt overlay on Cornhusker Highway/State Highway 6 from 11th to 20th and 31st to 48th
- Chip sealing on Highway 2 from S. 56th to S. 84th
- Mill and asphalt overlay on Cornhusker Highway/State Highway 6 from N. 48th to N. 52nd and on N. 10th/State Highway 34 from "O" to "R"
- "O"/State Highway 34 from 9th to Centennial Mall - joint repairs, concrete patching and crosswalk replacements.
- West "O" from the west City limits to Sun Valley Blvd. - joint repairs, crack sealing, concrete spot and panel repairs
- Diamond grinding of various State highway routes City-wide
Other NDOR State Highway work proposed within City limits:
- Highway 34 from .3 miles east of 84th to east City limits - concrete repair, mill and resurfacing, summer 2014 (Part of $8.6 million project to State Highway 63)
- Warlick Blvd. from U.S. 77 to Highway 2 - mill and resurfacing, 2015 and 2016 ($2 million project includes $1.6 million from NDOR and $400,000 in City funds)
- Highway 6 bridges over BNSF near 70th
- N.W. 48th from "O" to Vine - reconstructed as part of the N.W. 48th Interchange Project, 2015 (Part of $33.6 million Interstate widening project)
- Adams Street bridge over I-180 - reconstruction, 2017 ($2.2 million project includes $1.8 million from NDOR and $400,000 in City funds)
- 500 curb ramps on State Highways - add new or upgrade existing to ADA standards, 2014 and 2015 ($371,000 includes $297,000 from NDOR and $74,000 in City funds)
- I-80 and 27th Street Interchange - ramp reconstruction, 2016 ($1.1 million)
- Salt Creek bridge repair, 2015 and 2016 ($1.4 million)
- West "O" and S.W. 40th safety project