14th Street - Warlick Blvd - Old Cheney Road Intersection Improvement Project: FAQ
Q: What is an engineering design competition?
A: Three engineering design firms are each being asked to evaluate the current intersections and independently come up with their best concept that addresses the project goals and community input. One of the firms will be selected to complete the final design based on one of the concepts, or a combination of the concepts.
Q: What is this competition costing the city and how does that price compare with typical design contracts?
A: Each of the three firms in the competition has been awarded a not-to-exceed contract in the amount of $125,000 to provide their best concept. Typically a single firm is selected to provide several design concepts for a project with this complexity and it is reasonable for this approach to cost the same amount as this design competition.
Q: What happened to previous designs for these intersections?
A: Elements from previous designs were implemented to provide incremental improvements. However, some more comprehensive previous designs proved difficult to fully construct because of costs, design limitations or adverse impacts on private property owners.
Q: How long will this design competition and the overall project last?
A: The design firms were provided 120 days to complete their preliminary design and those were submitted to the city on October 15, 2012. The city anticipates that a finalist will be selected by December 31, 2012 and that firm will complete its final design by the fall of 2013. Construction will begin in the spring of 2014 and the final completion date is yet to be determined.
Q: How much private property will be taken for this project?
A: The City of Lincoln agrees with project area stakeholders that the absolute minimal amount of right-of-way should be used for new designs while achieving project goals.
Q: Is the public involved in this process?
A: Public involvement actually initiated the design competition with project area stakeholder interviews and open house meetings, such as the ones held June 21st at Christ's Place Church and November 15, 2012 at Lincoln Southwest High School, ensure that the entire community has the ability to provide input every step of the way.
Q: What are the critical issues that the design competition is seeking to address?
A: Safety and minimizing congestion at peak traffic flow times in the morning and afternoon are top priorities. Other key issues are improving connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists, aesthetics, and minimizing right-of-way impacts, all in a cost-effective solution.
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