The manufacturer of new concrete paving units on Nebraska's Centennial Mall will replace a section of the pavers next week due to problems with the mix used to make them. The pavers were installed last summer in the block from "K" to "L" streets as part of the renovation efforts. The removal and replacement is scheduled to begin March 15 and take about five weeks to complete. The project will require temporary lane closures on the north side of "K" Street.
J.J. Yost, Planning and Construction Manager for the City Parks and Recreation Department, said iron deposits have been discovered in the material mix used during manufacturing. This is leading to the appearance of rust spots on the pavers generally located in the southern half of the block. Yost said the rust spots threaten the long-term structural integrity of the pavers, and the manufacturer, Pavestone, will remove and replace the pavers at no cost to the City. Yost said the paver replacement will not impact the surrounding Mall amenities and will not delay the renovation project schedule.