Trees on both sides of Pine Lake Road between 61st Street and Highway 2 will be removed starting today. The work will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., while the street is closed for ongoing electric utility work. Local neighborhood access will be retained from South 56th Street. Traffic on South 70th Street will not be impacted.
The tree removal is being done in February to comply with the April 1 Federal Migratory Bird Act deadline. Both the utility and tree work are being done to prepare for safety improvements on Pine Lake Road that begin in March. The project includes widening the street from two to four lanes; adding roundabouts at Blanchard Boulevard and South 70th Street; railroad crossing gates; pedestrian and bike trail under crossings; ADA-accessible sidewalks; and street light upgrades.
Construction is expected to be completed in September 2019, and Pine Lake Road will be temporarily reopened through the winter. The project was coordinated around Yankee Hill Road improvements in 2017.
For more information about the improvement project or tree removal, contact Randy Saathoff, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: Pine Lake). Current information on street closures is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closures).