"P" St. Streetscape Project

11th Street to Centennial Mall

Project Overview

The City of Lincoln Public Works Department is currently working with the Urban Development Department and Hausmann Construction on the completion of the "P" Street Streetscape Project. This project is a part of the greater Downtown Lincoln Master Plan PDF and continues to build on the growth and redevelopment taking place in the Downtown area. Construction on the project is expected to be substantially complete by August 2014, weather permitting.

As a part of the project, sidewalks and pedestrian areas along "P" Street are being reconstructed on both the north and south sides of the street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall, as well as along with the east side of 14th Street from "O" Street to the alley between "P" and "Q" streets. Work includes the construction of storm water retention swales and new storm water inlets to help manage and treat the storm water runoff. Landscaping and planting will be incorporated into planting beds with existing mature trees to enhance the environmental integrity of the corridor. All curb ramps and sidewalks in the public right-of-way will be reconstructed to meet ADA standards. Improvements along "P" Street will incorporate permeable pavers, wood decking, and traditional concrete sidewalks to further enhance the corridor. Pedestrian benches and bike racks will be installed with the project, along with new roadway and pedestrian lighting. Parking will be modified in certain areas along the project corridor and new parking meters will be installed.

Additional project information including background information and illustrated drawings can be found on the Downtown Lincoln Association's web page.

Vehicular Traffic

Throughout the duration of the project, "P" Street will remain open to traffic, although there will be times when traffic is shifted or the number of lanes is reduced. This will be communicated to motorists using message boards on the street, through updates on the City Street Closure List and through regular updates to this webpage.

Pedestrian Traffic

Pedestrian traffic along the corridor will be maintained and businesses will remain open to the public throughout the duration of the project. Access to businesses will be maintained via coordination between the City, the contractor, and businesses/property owners. Temporary re-routing of pedestrians will be necessary during certain phases of construction due to the location of the project work. These pedestrian routes will be marked with appropriate signage directing where pedestrians should go.

Construction Update - April 18, 2014

The weather is allowing the construction activities to progress into additional phases of the project. As the work continues to advance into new areas, please remember that all businesses remain open throughout the course of the project. Sidewalk closures do continue to change on a regular basis so please pay attention to the pedestrian routing that is in place when trying to access a particular business. Parking has been restored along the block from 11th Street to just east of 12th Street.

The Downtown Lincoln Association is working with the local businesses along "P" Street and around downtown on the spring 2014 Shop the Blocks event, which takes place on Thursday, April 24. Many of the local businesses are located in areas where the streetscape project has affected parking and sidewalks, but as always, access to businesses will be available during the event. Please see their website for additional information:

Work along the south side of the street between 11th Street and 12th Street has been cleared of all traffic and pedestrian control devices. Temporary light poles will be installed along this block until the permanent units are available, and the stone benches will be installed as soon as they are available. Additional furniture items will also be installed as soon as possible.

Work along the south side of the street from 12th Street to 13th Street continues. The wood deck at the corner of 12th Street will be constructed after fabrication of the metal frame is completed. The southwest corner of 13th Street is nearly complete with light pole bases, planting areas, and a bioretention area to be finished. This work can be expected to take place over the next couple of weeks.

The south side of the street between 13th and 14th Streets continues. The contractor has been maintaining a pedestrian corridor along this block, allowing access to the businesses while they complete the work with the underground silva cells and parking setback areas. The driveway to the University Square parking garage has been impacted this week but will be restored on Monday, 4/21/14. The east exit lane of the garage will be completed next week and opened as soon as the concrete has sufficient cure. Access to this garage will be available from "P" Street beginning on Monday.

The pavement and sidewalk on the east side of 14th Street from "O" to "P" Streets is removed. The contractor has poured sidewalk and is maintaining a pedestrian corridor with access to all businesses while they complete the work with the underground silva cells and parking setback areas. The contractor has also begun with the sidewalk on the south side of "P" Street from 14th Street to Centennial Mall. They will perform this sidewalk replacement and some storm sewer work to coordinate with the Centennial Mall closure.

The intersection of "P" Street and Centennial Mall is currently reduced to one lane with all traffic shifted to the north side of "P" Street. This closure is necessary for the completion of the intersection. Work is scheduled to be complete by May 13 and will involve the removal and replacement of all pavement and sidewalks. The signal at Centennial Mall is turned off for the duration of this work, allowing traffic to move through the intersection with less restriction. The pedestrian crossings are closed and pedestrians detoured to the nearest signalized intersections. The Nebraska History Museum and the Lincoln Children's Museum will be open and accessible for the duration of this work.

The north side of "P" Street from 11th Street to 12th Street will be under construction beginning on Monday, 4/21/14. The contractor will begin work to install storm sewer and to construct the pedestrian corridor along the businesses. While this is being accomplished, there will be changes to the pedestrian routes – please follow the signs and stay within the designated pedestrian corridors during these changes. As always, access to all businesses will be maintained through the duration of this work.

Project Contacts

If you have any questions or comments regarding the project, please contact any of the following people for more information:

  • Zach Becker

    Project Manager
    City of Lincoln – Engineering Services

  • Kris Humphrey

    Project Engineer
    City of Lincoln – Engineering Services

  • Hallie Salem

    Downtown Re-Development Planner
    City of Lincoln – Urban Development

  • Andrew Christensen

    Project Manager
    Hausmann Construction