West “A” Street Improvement Project West City Limits to SW 5th Street
The purpose of this project is to improve the West “A” Street corridor beginning at the West City Limits extending east to the intersection of SW 5th Street. To minimize impacts to area residents, businesses and commuters, the project has been divided into two separate construction projects:
Current Construction Information
Updated October 16, 2020
Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) thanks residents and drivers for their patience during the West “A” Street Improvement Project. An update to the overall project schedule is available on the Project Overview tab.
West “A” Street is closed to eastbound traffic from SW 9th to Coddington, effective May 26 until November 2020. Full intersection closures will be necessary at times. Periodic lane closures will also be needed from all directions. Access to businesses and and neighborhoods will be maintained at all times. Digital signs will alert travelers to upcoming work and closures. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution around work zones.
Construction includes removal of the traffic signal at the intersection of S. Coddington Ave. and West “A” Street and installation of a new roundabout. A new mini roundabout at the S. Folsom and West “A” St. intersection will replace the existing 4-way stop.
West “A” Street will be resurfaced from SW 23rd Street to SW 5th Street.
Sidewalk ramps will be upgraded to comply with ADA requirements.
Utility work includes sanitary wastewater and storm water system improvements, as well as private utility upgrades and relocations.
- Project A Work Area
Spanning nearly 2.5 miles, the project provides several improvements, including:
ADA Accessible Sidewalks
Sanitary Sewer Trunkline
Concrete Pads at Bus Stops
New Driveway Connections
Projects A and B Area
Project Schedule Update
October 7, 2020
Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) has updated the timeline for the two West “A” Street corridor improvement projects known as Project A and Project B.
- Project A is scheduled to be completed in summer 2021 and extends from Southwest 23rd Street east to Southwest Fifth Street.
- Project B is scheduled to begin in spring of 2021 and be completed in winter 2022. It extends from the west city limits near Southwest 36th Street east to the Southwest 23rd Street intersection.
The updated timeline is due to delays from right-of-way processes, utility challenges and the pandemic that pushed the Project A completion date back, which then affected the Project B timeline. Project B was also delayed because newly-proposed housing in the area required an additional roundabout at West “A” and Southwest 36th streets.
“The new timeline will give LTU an opportunity to finalize the additional right-of-way requirements, utility relocations and roundabout to help meet traffic demands,” Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Director Liz Elliott said.
To assist drivers and minimize closure inconveniences, LTU plans to open sections of road on Project A as soon as they are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What work is included in the project?
The purpose of this project is to improve the West “A” Street corridor beginning at the West City Limits and extending east to the intersection of SW 5th Street. The project includes work associated with:
- Topographic survey
- Traffic analysis
- Roadway alternatives analysis
- Roadway design
- Drainage design
- Environmental review
- Public involvement
What does the City of Lincoln evaluate for arterial roadway improvement projects, like West “A” Street?
- Cross section (number of lanes)
- Proper speed Limit
- Intersection control
- Turn lanes
- Proper access (median breaks)
- Pedestrian crossings
What improvements are included in this project?
- New pavement
- Roundabout intersections
- ADA accessible sidewalks
- Multi-use trail
- Sanitary sewer trunkline
- Street lighting
- Concrete pads for bus stops
- New driveway connections
- Additional traffic lanes
- Storm water drainage enhancements
How did the City decide on the selected alternative?
The alternatives were evaluated on multiple criteria that included: safety, environmental impacts, right-of-way impacts, constructability, access during construction, cost, and public input.
How is the project being funded?
The project is locally funded through a combination of impact fee revenues and wheel tax dollars.
When will the public and businesses know about property acquisition and easements?
The City has identified temporary and permanent property impacts for properties adjacent to the project. If your property will be impacted, you will be contacted by the City.
One-on-one meetings can also be scheduled to discuss any impacts to specific properties. More information on the acquisition process is available in the Right-of-Way Acquisition and Your Property (80 K) pamphlet on the City’s website.
How will I be able to access my home or business during construction?
Refer to Access During Construction Coping with Construction: What to Expect on the City’s website.
Why not designate all construction crews to this one project to get it done faster?
The West “A” Street enhancement project does have additional crews working on the project. There are typically five to seven crews on site progressing the project. However, bringing in additional crews doesn’t necessarily help speed up the process. The City has to carefully balance availability of materials and resources, social distancing due to the pandemic and what our supplier can consistently provide for each project. Other things to consider are wait times where concrete has to harden in order to be strong enough to hold certain weights of vehicles and construction trucks so they can move forward with the project.
Why don’t you have construction crews work at night to assist with completing the project sooner?
The City of Lincoln prides itself on putting its citizens first. We do not want to inconvenience neighbors in the middle of the night with additional construction noise that may keep them awake while they try to sleep.
Why is the City of Lincoln putting in roundabouts in the West “A” Street Improvement Project?
Roundabouts are proven to be cheaper and safer for drivers. A roundabout will allow at least 400 more vehicles through it an hour, compared to a four-way stop intersection. They also reduce environmental impacts. The City of Lincoln’s experience with the roundabout at South 33rd and Sheridan showed roundabouts in Lincoln reduces crashes by 83 percent. There’s a 95 percent reduction in injury crashes in Lincoln and cost of property damage due to those crashes is reduced by $810,000.
West “A” Street is an important arterial connector for the community. Whether you are a business owner, resident or a member of the travelling public, we want you to be involved in the project. It is always a priority to work with businesses and residents in the project area. If you have questions about this project, please contact us.
Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) plans to hold in-person or virtual public meetings every three to five months to continue to keep residents up to date on project accomplishments and timeline of completion. Public meeting dates will be updated regularly.
Meeting information in PDF format.
- June 2021 Project Progress and Update
- March 2021 Project Progress and Update