14th and Superior Improvements

Lincoln, we believe what you believe: that a safe transportation network is critical to a thriving community. When the 14th and Superior roundabout was initially built and opened to traffic, the crash rate was higher than anticipated. We had the configuration of the initial roundabout studied, and the results showed that we needed to reduce the number of lanes and also reduce the sight distance at the roundabout. One lane in each direction was removed with traffic control devices. The site distance was limited by constructing chain link fence with slats in the medians. The results show that the crash rate has been reduced to below pre-roundabout levels. That's why your Public Works and Utilities Department is making the temporary traffic control changes at 14th and Superior more permanent and partnering to install vivid plant materials.

General Conceptual area of improvements General conceptual area of improvements

Finishing the 14th and Superior Project with the Permanent Safety Improvements!

Ornamental prairie grass fence Ornamental prairie grass fence

Thanks to a public-private partnership, the total investment will not only include concrete, turf, and trees, but live plants, native grasses, trees, and other decorative items. The partners include: Robert and Karen Duncan (area residents), Finke Gardens & Nursery, Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department, Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department along with their consultant, WSP, and contractor, MTZ Construction.

Public led work:

  • Repair settled concrete in street
  • Repair settled concrete on Trail/Sidewalk
  • Replace plastic candlesticks with colored curbing
  • Planting Bed Soil Preparation
  • Sculpture Foundation and stacked retaining wall
  • Provide irrigation to all planting beds
  • Install lighting in roundabout
  • Replace chain link fence with ornamental prairie grass fence with "Belmont" designation
  • Planting of street trees
Sculpture Photo credit: Ricardo Barros

Private led work:

  • Sculpture Placement: Vase with Five Flowers by James Surls
  • Installing a wide variety of plant materials including:
    • Dark Towers Penstemon
    • Salsa Coneflower
    • White Calamint
    • Millenium Allium
    • Sugar Tyme
    • Royal Raindrops Crabapples
    • Taylor Juniper
    • Red Oak & Burr Oak
    • Kentucky Coffeetree

Calamintha 'Montrose White'Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red'Penstemon 'Dark Towers'Allium 'Millenium'

Because of your investment in transportation, it is even more important for the Department to invest in project coordination.

Project Management

Coordination of public and private projects to ensure your travel is safe and convenient

  • Pre-construction partnership planning
  • Regular communications among the partners
  • Daily Inspections and Monitoring

Project Schedule

Work on the project began in May 2017. The City's Contractor shall have 84 calendar days to complete all work associated with this project. Pavement work within the roadway, once initiated, shall progress continuously until completed so as to minimize the time traffic lanes are restricted. Work is anticipated to be complete in late-July, with some seeding and street tree planting in the Fall.

Project Contacts / Info.

  • Project Engineer – Thomas Shafer: 402-525-5644tshafer@lincoln.ne.gov
  • Project Manager – Mark Miller: 402-416-5348mmiller@lincoln.ne.gov
  • Project Inspector: Kevin Schmit
  • Public Contractor: MTZ Construction
  • Private Contractor: Finke Gardens & Nursery
  • Private Design Consultant: WSP

Project Partners

Finke Gardens & Nursery Lincoln Parks & Recreation Lincoln on the Move Public Works & Utilities WSP Robert and Karen Duncan Karen & Robert Duncan

Watch for the announcement of a future Community Celebration Event for this project!

Download Project Fact Sheet  (340 K) PDF

Public Involvement

Open House - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
Concept Plan Boards (1.97 M) PDF