27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 Intersection Reconstruction

May 2015

The reconstruction of the 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 intersection will begin in June. Beginning the week of June 7, the following streets will be closed for an estimated 18 days:

  • "O" Street/Highway 34 from 25th to 29th streets
  • 27th Street from "N" Street to the alley just north of "O" Street/Highway 34

Access to local businesses within the closure area will be maintained. The detour routes are Antelope Valley Parkway, Vine, 48th, Randolph and "L"-"K"-Capitol Parkway. Driveways within the construction area will be closed. Sidewalk ramps will also be reconstructed along "O" Street to meet current ADA standards, however, pedestrian access will be maintained.

Map of Project Area

Project Background

In 2014, the City of Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) announced a partnership to improve State highways running through the City limits using available State highway maintenance funds. Pavement repairs at several locations along "O" Street/Highway 34 were completed in 2014. After a more detailed pavement inspection of "O" Street/Highway 34 from 25th to 29th streets, it was determined that in addition to the pavement repairs, the intersection at 27th Street needed complete reconstruction.

The City delayed the work until 2015 to evaluate the best way to use taxpayer dollars wisely while meeting the needs of businesses, motorists, pedestrians and residents. Options included completing the work under lane closures, partial or directional closures or full closure. It was determined that the full closure option would cut the construction time in half and reduce the cost by about $200,000 when compared to the lane-closure options. Under lane closures or partial closures, all driveways with direct access to "O" Street in the area would still have to be closed to maintain traffic flow and minimize crash risks. All adjacent properties have primary or alternative access from side streets and/or alleys. Therefore, the City and NDOR determined the full closure option was the most cost efficient and would minimize disruption to businesses and the public.

Proposed Schedule

The contractor has 18 calendar days to complete all work and reopen the streets. Construction is dependent on weather, so check the street closure list for updates.

  • Week of June 1

    City staff will mark repair areas using temporary lane closures.

  • Week of June 7

    Affected areas of "O" Street/Highway 34 and 27th Street closed

  • Week of June 21

    Streets re-opened

  • June 30

    Final completion date

Public Involvement

Open House - May 19, 2015
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 250 N. 21st Street

Representatives from the City Public Works and Utilities Department and Caspers Construction/MTZ will be available to discuss the project, traffic routes and signage options. No formal presentation is planned. Those unable to attend the meeting can contact Erika Nunes (see Project Contacts) for information or to set up a meeting.

Coping with Construction

To help businesses affected by City construction projects, the Public Works and Utilities Department has produced the Coping with Construction guide. The guide includes information on signage that can be placed in the City right of way to help direct customers to businesses during construction as well as sample flyers and maps. For questions on signage, contact Shane Dostal (see Project Contacts).

Examples of temporary guide signs

Project Contacts

  • City Project Engineer

    Erika Nunes
    Phone: 402-326-1037
    Email: enunes@lincoln.ne.gov

  • City Project Manager

    Gaylon Masek
    Phone: 402-416-7486
    Email: gmasek@lincoln.ne.gov

  • Project Contractor

    Manny Martinez
    Caspers Construction/MTZ
    Phone: 402-890-7062

  • Business Signage

    Shane Dostal
    Phone: 402-525-7852
    Email: sdostal@lincoln.ne.gov