Rehabilitation of N 27th Street and West “O” Street Bridges Over Salt Creek

City #540029 (NDOR Project No. LCLC-5231(15) / CN 13247)

U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

Purpose and Need

Purpose of the project: To preserve the transportation system, improve the reliability of the transportation system, and perpetuate the mobility of the traveling public.

Need for the project: The 27th and Fairfield bridge over Salt Creek was built in the mid 1980's and is in need of rehabilitation. The existing bridge expansion joints are on top of the back wall and have failed, allowing for road salt and water to seep onto the back wall and abutment bearings. The jersey barrier rail is also showing signs of deterioration. The appropriate pedestrian protection on the west side of the bridge needs to be installed. The northeast corner wing on the abutment needs to be re-built to correct overturning and separation from the abutment, and repair the leaning traffic signal pole.

The “O” Street bridge over Salt Creek was constructed in mid to late 1990's. Currently the existing approach and paving sections are settling at the grade beam. The settling has created a consistent maintenance issue.

  • Project Area

N 27th Street Bridge

West “O” Street Bridge

Proposed Scope of Work

The proposed scope of work at the North 27th and Fairfield Bridge would consist of repairs to the existing bridge. Repairs would include removal of the back wall abutments and replacement with turndown, as well as moving the expansion joint onto the grade beam. Existing grade beams would be removed and replaced on new piling. The northeast abutment wing would be replaced. The bridge rail and approach paving sections would be removed and replaced. The existing traffic signals at Fairfield and 27th Streets, and overhead street lighting on the bridge would be replaced.

The proposed scope of work for the West “O” Street Bridge would consist of repairs to the existing bridge. Repairs would include replacement of grade beams on new piling, removing and replacing the approach and paving sections, and repairing guardrail and pavement adjacent to the project.

Access During Construction

The project would be constructed under traffic at both bridge locations with crossovers and head-to-head traffic controlled with approved temporary traffic control. Access to Fairfield Street from 27th Street would be reduced to limited turning movements during different phases of construction, while two-way traffic on Fairfield Street west of 27th Street would be maintained at all times. Due to the bridge work at the 27th and Fairfield Bridge location, the unnamed multi-use trail within the vicinity would require a short-term pedestrian detour. Pedestrians would be detoured during periods of construction by the use of sidewalks along Superior Street, 27th Street, Fairfield Street, 20th Street, and U.S. Highway 6 (Cornhusker Highway). The pedestrian detour would include users of the trail along the Salt Creek Levee. At the West “O” Bridge, pedestrian traffic would be maintained on existing and/or temporary pavement.

Anticipated Schedule

The proposed project is anticipated to begin in spring of 2021 with completion by late summer of 2021.

Right of Way

This project may require the acquisition of additional property rights for temporary easements.

Traffic Volume Estimates

27th and Fairfield Bridge

Year 2017 2037
Average Vehicles Per Day (ADT) 33,740 25,543
% Heavy Trucks 5% 5%

West “O” Street Bridge

Year 2017 2037
Average Vehicles Per Day (ADT) 24,100 29,505
% Heavy Trucks 5% 5%

Estimated Cost of Project

The cost of the proposed project is approximately $1.7 million and would be derived from federal and City of Lincoln funding sources.

Public Open Houses

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall 241 Victory Lane, Lincoln, NE Show on Google Maps Show on map

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Campbell Elementary School 2200 Dodge Street, Lincoln, NE Show on Google Maps Show on map

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Project Contact

  • Project Engineer

    Danielle Vachal, P.E.
    City of Lincoln, LTU Project Delivery
    Phone: 531-289-8211